In this section we'll look at the largest of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior. To begin we'll turn it 90 degrees and zoom in a little:
It's the head of a buffalo!
I know the buffalo's left horn looks a bit odd, but we'll get back to that later. Buffalo, or Bison if you prefer, used to roam free here in the 10's of millions (see Hinterland Who's Who). "These bison once roamed the grasslands of North America in massive herds; their range roughly formed a triangle between the Great Bear Lake in Canada's far northwest, south to the Mexican states of Durango and Nuevo León, and east along the western boundary of the Appalachian Mountains" (courtesy Wikipedia).
Now if we zoom out a bit, we'll take a look at the rest of the lake:
Lake Superior is part buffalo and part wing!
Buffalo wing? I know that appears strange at first, but if you were trying to illustrate the sound of a powerful beast, the sound of a thundering herd of buffalo, how would you do it? If you've never heard them, here's a video of stampeding buffalo from the movie "Dances with Wolves".
The figure of speech of thundering animals also occurs in the Bible, in Job 39:
19 Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?
Here's another look at Lake Superior:
I found it quite interesting that the town of Port Wing, Wisconsin is located right beside the buffalo wing:
And Thunder Bay, Ontario is on Lake Superior's north shore:
The bay's name refers to the Thunderbird, a supernatural creature for which thunder and lightning are attributed in the folklore of Ojibwa Indians (from the Canadian Encyclopedia). More on that in a moment. While we're here, let's focus on the large island below it, Isle Royale, after we turn it upside down and zoom in:
It's a goblin!
How do we know? Well...it's gobblin' (looking like it's about to gobble the tiny islands in front of its mouth). I know that sounds silly but we're just looking at another representation of an evil spirit, and this one gives the impression you could ride it. The flowing shape of the rocks on this island even give the impression of wind. And as we know, spirits are like the wind because they are invisible. From John 3:
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
How interesting as well that we find this representation of the wind in our buffalo wing. Don't be concerned about mixing negative and positive symbols. We can analyze both at the same time. The buffalo isn't a 'bad' animal, as it were, but I'm sure those of you who are of native ancestry are aware of the spirit of the buffalo, as it's called; perhaps from knowledge of what can happen in a sweat lodge? It's not from an animal. It's an evil spirit. They can pretend to be things they are not, such as the impostor of Samuel (1st Samuel 28:7-14); and they can enter animals (Matthew 8:30-32).
Another hint that there's a goblin in Lake Superior is that, just below and to the left of it, are islands in the shape of a goblet or small cup:
If that's difficult to see, here's another look with the goblet outlined in white:
Now if we zoom in on the centre of the cup (and modify it a little), we'll find...
...a bird's head!
The edges of the cup form the bird's wings, even forming a curved T, so we have here a T-bird or Thunderbird!
Back up a few pics to get another perspective of this area, and note that this Thunderbird is right beside Thunder Bay.
Remember that Buffalo horn on Lake Superior that really didn't look like a horn? Let's go back and zoom in for a closer look:
It's a satyr!
Here's another look without labels:
This one has an ear ring, and a notably sly look.
No, satyrs aren't devilish muppets, they're evil spirits, ghouls, whatever; they go by many names and there are lots of them. Remember the Legion in Mark 5?
1 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
3 Who had [his] dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any [man] tame him.
5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. 6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped Him, 7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with Thee, Jesus, [Thou] Son of the most high God? I adjure Thee by God, that Thou torment me not. 8 For He said unto him, Come out of the man, [thou] unclean spirit. 9 And He asked him, What [is] thy name? And he answered, saying, My name [is] Legion: for we are many. 10 And he besought Him much that He would not send them away out of the country.
11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. 12 And all the devils besought Him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. 13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.
I think that's why the satyr is in place of the buffalo's left horn. Horns are symbolic of power, and if you've never considered the influence of evil spirits on this world, then please investigate what they and the witch of Endor did to king Saul, and revisit Scriptures like Revelation 16:
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs [come] out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, [which] go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
Be aware of them, but don't be afraid of them because through Christ we have power over them (Luke 10:18). They are used ultimately for good.
The Buffalo is now the second of two great animals (with the Beaver) that were present in enormous numbers before North America was colonized, and both are pictured here for us in the Great Lakes. I wonder if we'll find more in ...