Mystery of the White Lions: Children of the Sun God
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This is Linda Tucker’s firsthand account of her journey into the mysteries of the most sacred animal on the African continent: the legendary White Lion. This book reveals the knowledge and ceremonies of Old Africa and the overwhelming love that has driven her every action to save these magnificent beasts, against formidable odds. . . .
After being rescued from a life-threatening encounter with lions in the Timbavati game region by a medicine woman known as the “Lion Queen,” Linda embarked on a journey into the mysteries of the White Lion. It is a mystical journey into the knowledge and ceremonies of Old Africa, in which humans and lions are able to cross the species barrier—in accordance with the most guarded secrets of Ancient Egypt and humankind’s greatest riddle, the sphinx.
Scientists in our day have established that humankind’s most significant evolutionary leap occurred as a result of our ancestors’ interaction with great cats. The White Lion is a genetic rarity of Panthera leo, and occurred in just one region on earth: Timbavati. Today White Lions form the center of the notorious “canned” trophy hunting industry—hand-reared captive lions, shot in enclosures for gross sums of money. By contrast, shamans believe that killing a “lion sun god” is the ultimate sacrilege. How the human species treats such precious symbols of God in nature may determine how nature treats the human species.
Whether we view them as prophetic “Lions of God” or simply as rare genetic mutations, the story of the White Lions is a true legend unfolding in our own extraordinary times.
the sun rising in its present position (due east) at the equinox, and setting due west. Our earth is held in the most fragile of balances. Should this balance be destabilized, the condition of the earth would approximate hell on earth in a furnace of cataclysms, earthquakes, fire, plague, flooding, and darkness. Suddenly the cacophony of human voices and the odors of automobiles belching black smoke into my nostrils dragged me out of my reverie, and back into the London streets. I continued my
Mountain Gods, p.272; also discussions of –Quetzalcoatl as feathered god of feline origins, Willis, World Mythology, p.239. 2. Note the Chinese use of the term Sza/Tzse! for the Leo constellation; Campion and Eddy, The New Astrology, p.51. 3. Van der Post, The Heart of the Hunter, p.46. 4. Regulus is the star at the center of the Leo constellation, also known as Cor Leonis – the Lion’s Heart; see Campion and Eddy, The New Astrology, p.52. Mutwa called this red heart star of Leo
describes the early humans “cowering in the rocky womb of a cave, fearful of the biting spirit of the cold.”13 But while Kintu and Mamaravi, like most of the animals around them, were on the point of expiring from hunger and cold, the situation was reversed for the feline hunters that were preying on the weakened herbivores. The turning point of the story comes when a lion enters the cave that houses Kintu and Mamaravi. Kintu grabs a stone and hurls it at the lion, killing it. This is the lion
creature might make an appearance in real life. Returning to camp after my discussions with Maria, I walked down the sandy path, my mind filled with incongruous visions of the winged lion of Saint Mark, or the heraldic gryphon-type emblems I had studied in books: part lion, part eagle. The idea of meeting such a creature in real life was so implausible that, although I did not exactly dismiss it, I attempted to put it to the back of my mind and steep myself in the tangible reality of nature all
passionate about the big cats as Roy is! She is a South African with a Paris fashion modeling background and a Cambridge education and is at present writing a book [on] the White Lions of Timbavati which deals with the ‘magic’ of those white individuals . . .” “White individuals!” Bless him. I had soon detected that the Johannesburg Zoo’s animal handler never quite distinguished between animals and humans. And it was on this level of mutual passion that Roy and I reached an immediate rapport. I