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Like the last kernel to pop in the pot, I bounced around the co-pilot seat repeating “Yeah that’s gonna leave a mark.” rubbing my hips from the brutal seatbelt attack. I like rough plane rides; especially in small aircraft like the Cessna 302 making its approach into Key West.
I drew the lucky straw for the co-pilot seat in Miami on the short flight to Key West. Answering an ad on Craigslist, a 1947 Nivens 34-foot wooden sailboat was waiting my arrival. This rare find was a stroke of luck. If the boat checked out as described, I would make the eight hour sail back to Fort Lauderdale that afternoon.
One, two, three hops and an armrest breaking grip, the Cessna rolled down the runway. Several “phews” escaped the passengers sitting behind me. The pilot wiped a few beads of sweat from his face that did not look old enough to grace a driver’s license. I couldn’t resist a quip.Read More
Worshipers from far flung regions of the globe made the pilgrimage to the Island of Bones throughout the year. Each night hundreds of believers would gather at the water’s edge to pay homage to the closest star to Earth. Devout cultists donned ornate garb and expressed their loyalty to the setting sun through dance and song.
Pilgrims gorged themselves on ritualistic drinks made from fruit and fermented sugar cane. Fried food made from various sea creatures and sweets baked in iron boxes were sold to visiting worshipers to symbolize unity with the setting sun god.
Cult priests and priestess performed unusual acts such as juggling, tight rope walking, trained animals, fire eating and escaping from chains inside locked boxes. Pilgrims cheered the cult leaders in hopes of pleasing the setting sun. It was believed that when the setting sun god was unusually pleased he would make a green flash of light as he slipped below the horizon. Hundreds of thousands of people prayed for the chance to see this green flash once in their lives. It was widely accepted that the green flash was a sign that believers would be accepted into the realm of the setting sun in the afterlife.
Many offshoots of this cult were practiced alone or with mating pairs on mountains and shores across planet in the days when it was possible to go outside before the sun set.
The evil human gods, who ruled the Earth, were angered by this seemingly heretical act. A short lived war was waged and won against the worshipers. To show their almighty power, the evil human gods released a black poison into the ocean. The poison quickly eradicated the food supply and made the water’s edge uninhabitable, ultimately bringing an end to the Island of Bones cult of setting sun worshipers.
Dr. Gnoitall. Professor of Anthropology June 12, 4016
Note: Key West is an English bastardization of the name Cayo Hueso which means Island of Bones.
Mallory Square in Key West Florida has been the “go to” spot for Sunset Celebration for generations. See it while you can SunsetCelebration.org/