Animals and Prophecy
In many prophecies, the birth of rare animals represents a rebirth for humanity,
the sacred animals being harbingers of peace, as foretold by the ancients.
Discovery of a rare white Tree Hedgehog BBC - January 25, 2006
Rare White Giraffe Photographed in Tanzia, Africa National Geographic - September 9, 2005
White Deer - Persian Fallow Deer - Prophecy - July 8, 2005
Rare Albino elephant spotted in Sri Lanka Nature - August 24, 2004
White Buffalo - White Buffalo Calf Woman
Kentucky: A second rare white buffalo born in 2005
The white calf is named Cante Pejuta, or Medicine Heart.
Her mother, formerly 'cow No. 9,' is now Spirit Mother.
Courier - June 8, 2005
This white buffalo is unique as it links to 9/11.
a rare white buffalo was born Friday at a buffalo ranch in Shelby
County, owners Bob and Julie Allen thought the baby had prophecy
written in her genes.
white calf, regarded as a sacred symbol by Lakota Sioux and other
Plains Indian tribes, is a granddaughter of the ranch's former big
star, award-winning bull Chief Joseph, a hefty 3,000-pound sire that
had cost the Allens $101,000.
The bull was struck by lightning on Sept. 11, 2001, and died two weeks later.
So the Allens, who own the Buffalo Crossing Restaurant & Family Fun Ranch, were delighted by the calf's birth.
appearance of a white buffalo is regarded by some followers of American
Indian spirituality as on par with the Christian idea of the second
coming of Christ," said Bob Pickering, a researcher at the Buffalo Bill
Historical Center in Cody, Wyo. "I've heard at least one Lakota elder
make that claim," said Pickering, whose book Seeing the White Buffalo delves into the legend of the creatures.
the story goes, Lakota Sioux rituals and beliefs were brought to the
tribe by a spiritual being known as the White Buffalo Calf Woman,
white buffalo calf is interpreted as the sacred reincarnation of the
woman, he said. Historically, the white buffalo is probably about the
most spiritual being on the prairie," he said.
Pickering estimated the incidence of white buffalo births at about 16 per million.
He said there are three reasons white calves sometimes appear ... they may be:
- the result of crossbreeding with white cows
- temporarily white and turn dark by their first winter
"The calf is not an albino," said Julie Allen, noting that its eyes are brown, not pink.
Flicking her ears and whisking her tail back and forth, the 40-to-50-pound calf resembles a lamb.
"In the past, Indians sacrificed white buffalo as sacred offerings, but now they avoid doing that," Pickering said.
600 buffalo roam the Allens' 1,000 acres. They raise buffalo primarily
for meat and to serve in the restaurant on their property. But in
keeping with tradition, the white calf, which has yet to be named,
likely will be spared.
White Buffalo Born - May 2005
Rare white bison born in B.C. - CBC News - May 25, 2005
St. John - A buffalo rancher near Fort St. John in northeastern B.C. is
bracing for scores of visitors following the recent birth of a rare
only been a few days since the birth was announced, but rancher Karen
Blatz says people are already dropping by to take a look.
Blatz says she expects those numbers will grow as word gets out. "This
is the first white calf that was born in Canada. I know there was a few
in the States but not too many.
"When a white bison was born in Wisconsin in 1994, half a million people turned out to see it.
Aboriginal legend holds that the white bison is a harbinger of peace and unity.
And in that spirit, Blatz says she has named the male calf Spirit of Peace.
them a white buffalo is a symbol of hope, rebirth or unity and also
peace. And because he was born north of Peace River, we thought Peace
would be a good name.
says the calf was born prematurely a month ago. But she says she wanted
to see if it would live before making the announcement.
calf is being fed from a bottle, and Blatz says that may have to
continue for several more months. She says he was only nine kilograms
at birth, half of a newborn bison calf's typical weight.
says the bison won't suffer the same fate as the others on her ranch.
"This guy is a little different. He won't be going into bison burgers."
Blatz said the calf will remain under her care for several more months, but she is considering selling him.
White Buffalo Born - May 2004
White bison born near Flagstaff
May 24, 2004 - AZ Republic
owners of a small bison herd near Flagstaff were surprised Saturday
morning to find one of their rare white buffaloes had given birth to
something even rarer: a white calf.
A white calf is a one-in-10 million occurrence, said Keith Davis, a spokesman for Spirit Mountain Ranch.
is so rare specifically because she was born white," Davis said. "The
others were born red (like normal buffaloes) and turned white."
birth of a white bison is meaningful for many Native American tribes,
especially Plains Indians such as the Lakota, who consider it a symbol
of rebirth when the world's people are in troubled times.
"The white buffalo is such a phenomenon because they are so rare," said Dena Riley, who owns the ranch with her husband, Jim.
of her buffaloes is albino but rather a mutation of the usual fur color
of dark brown to black, Riley said. Of 11 bison on the ranch, four are
white, not including the newborn.
animals on the ranch are also pure bison, proven by DNA testing at a
California lab, she added, and not a mix of bison and cattle, known as
beefalo. That mixture more often results in white offspring, she said.
ranch was moved onto its 5-acre site near the San Francisco Peaks in
December 2001, Riley said, and has had visitors from around the globe
to see white bison.
Four white buffalo calves born to same N.D. herd
September 13, 2002 - Westhope, N.D.
Bison owners like to joke that they will be the next to find a rare white calf, but they never really believe it will happen.
Dwaine 'Pedie' Kirk saw something white pop out of the grass while he
was checking on his bison cows, it took him a while to realize what it
was. Then it happened three more times in the next two weeks.
The first white calf in the Kirks' Bentinck Bison Ranch herd was born Aug. 17, and the last one came Sept. 2.
of them are snow-white bulls with ice-blue eyes. The heifer is white
with dark eyes. The youngest one is a bull calf that has a dark patch
on the top of his head and has dark eyes. None is an albino.
Thomas, executive director of the North Dakota Buffalo Association in
Bismarck, never has heard of four white buffalo calves in one herd. He
knows of only two or three white buffalo in the country. This is
The White Buffalo - The Egyptian Book of the Dead - Chapter 84
when she promised to return again, she made some prophesies at that
time. One of those prophesies was that the birth of a white buffalo
calf would be a sign that it would be near the time when she would
return again to purify the world. What she meant by that was that she
would bring back harmony again and balance, spiritually. "
The White Buffalo links with the return of White Buffalo Calf women ---> return of the feminine energies ----> rebirth and creation ---> Hathor - cow goddesses - solar discs - horns.
white buffalo was born in 1996 on a farm close to where I traveled to
attend the Sun Dance festivals in South Dakota. White symbolizes -
moving to the next level of light frequency.
Legend of White Buffalo Calf Woman
To the Native Americans the birth of a white buffalo is a symbol of rebirth and world harmony
summer, long ago, the seven sacred council fires of the Lakota Oyate,
the nation, came together and camped. Every day they sent scouts to
look for game, but the scouts found nothing, and the people were
the bands assembled were the Itazipcho, the Without-Bows, who had their
own camp circle under their chief, Standing Hollow Horn. Early one
morning the chief sent two of his young men to hunt for game. They
searched everywhere but could find nothing. Seeing a high hill, they
decided to climb it in order to look over the whole country. Halfway
up, they saw something coming toward them from far off, but the figure
was floating instead of walking. From this they knew that the person
was wakan, holy.
first they could make out only a small moving speck and had to squint
to see that it was a human form. But as it came nearer, they realized
that it was a beautiful young woman, more beautiful than any they had
ever seen. She wore a wonderful white buckskin outfit, tanned until it
shone a long way in the sun. It was embroidered with sacred and
marvelous designs of porcupine quill, in radiant colors no ordinary
woman could have made. This wakan stranger was Ptesan-Wi, White
Buffalo Calf Woman. In her hands she carried a large bundle and a fan
of sage leaves. She wore her hair loose except for a strand at the left
side, which was tied up with buffalo fur. Her eyes shone dark and
sparkling, with great power in them.
two young men looked at her open-mouthed. One was overawed, but the
other desired her and stretched his hand out to touch her. This woman
was Lila wakan, very sacred, and could not be treated with
disrespect. Lightning instantly struck the brash young man and burned
him up, so that only a small heap of blackened bones was left.
the other scout who had behaved rightly, the White Buffalo Calf Woman
said: "Good things I am bringing, something holy to your nation. A
message I carry for your people from the buffalo nation. Go back to the
camp and tell the people to prepare for my arrival. Tell your chief to
put up a medicine lodge with twenty-four poles. Let it be made holy for
young hunter returned to the camp. He told the chief, and the people,
what the sacred woman had commanded. So the people put up the big
medicine tipi and waited. After four days they saw the White Buffalo
Calf Woman approaching, carrying her bundle before her. Her wonderful
white buckskin dress shone from afar. The chief, Standing Hollow Horn,
invited her to enter the medicine lodge. She went in and circled the
interior sunrise. The chief addressed her respectfully, saying:
"Sister, we are glad you have come to instruct us."
She told him what she wanted done. In the center of the tipi they were to put up an owanka wakan,
a sacred altar, made of red earth, with a buffalo skull and a
three-stick rack for a holy thing she was bringing. They did what she
directed, and she traced a design with her finger on the smoothed earth
of the altar. She showed them how to do all this, then circled the
lodge again sunwise. Halting before the chief, she now opened the
bundle. The holy thing it contained was the chanunpa, the
sacred pipe. She held it out to the people and let them look at it. She
was grasping the stem with her right hand and the bowl with her left,
and thus the pipe has been held ever since.
the chief spoke, saying: "Sister, we are glad. We have had no meat for
some time. All we can give you is water." They dipped some wacanga,
sweet grass, into a skin bag of water and gave it to her, and to this
day the people dip sweet grass or an eagle wing in water and sprinkle
it on a person to be purified.
The White Buffalo Calf Woman showed the people how to use the pipe. She filled it with chan-shasha,
red willow-bark tobacco. She walked around the lodge four times after
the manner of Anpetu-Wi, the great sun. This represented the circle
without end, the sacred hoop, the road of life. The woman placed a dry
buffalo chip on the fire and lit the pipe with it. This was peta-owihankeshni, the fire without end, the flame to be passed on from generation to generation.
She told them that the smoke rising from the bowl was Tunkashila's breath, the living breath of the great Grandfather Mystery.
White Buffalo Calf Woman showed the people the right way to pray, the
right words and the right gestures. She taught them how to sing the
pipe-filling song and how to lift the pipe up to the sky, toward
Grandfather, and down toward Grandmother Earth, to Unci, and then to
the four directions of the universe.
this holy pipe," she said, "you will walk like a living prayer. With
your feet resting upon the earth and the pipe stem reaching into the
sky, your body forms a living bridge between the Sacred Beneath and the
Sacred Above. Wakan Tanka smiles upon us, because now we are as one:
earth, sky, all living things, the two-legged, the four-legged, the
winged ones, the trees, the grasses.
Together with the people, they are all related, one family. The pipe holds them all together.
at this bowl," said the White Buffalo Calf Woman. "Its stone represents
the buffalo, but also the flesh and blood of the red man. The buffalo
represents the universe and the four directions, because he stands on
four legs, for the four ages of creation. The buffalo was put in the
west by Wakan Tanka at the making of the world, to hold back the
year he loses one hair, and in every one of the four ages he loses a
leg. The sacred hoop will end when all the hair and legs of the great
buffalo are gone, and the water comes back to cover Mother Earth.
The wooden stem of this chanunpa
stands for all that grows on the Earth. Twelve feathers hanging from
where the stem - the backbone - joins the bowl - the skull - are from
Wanblee Galeshka, the spotted eagle, the very sacred bird who is the
Great Spirit's messenger and the wisest of all flying ones.
are joined to all things of the universe, for they all cry out to
Tunkashila. Look at the bowl: engraved in it are seven circles of
various sizes. They stand for the seven sacred ceremonies you will
practice with this pipe, and for the Oceti Shakowin, the seven sacred
campfires of our Lakota nation."
White Buffalo Calf Woman then spoke to the women, telling them that it
was the work of their hands and the fruit of their bodies which kept
the people alive. "You are from Mother Earth," she told them. "What you
are doing is as great as what the warriors do."
therefore the sacred pipe is also something that binds men and women
together in a circle of love. It is the one holy object in the making
of which both men and women have a hand.
men carve the bowl and make the stem; the women decorate it with bands
of colored porcupine quills. When a man takes a wife, they both hold
the pipe at the same time and red trade cloth is wound around their
hands, thus tying them together for life.
White Buffalo Calf Woman also talked to the children, because they have
an understanding beyond their years. She told them that what their
fathers and mothers did was for them, that their parents could remember
being little once, and that they, the children, would grow up to have
little ones of their own.
told them: "You are the coming generation, that's why you are the most
important and precious ones. Some day you will hold this pipe and smoke
it. Some day you will pray with it."
spoke once more to all the people: "The pipe is alive; it is a red
being showing you a red life and a red road. And this is the first
ceremony for which you will use the pipe. You will use it to keep the
soul of a dead person, because through it you can talk to Wakan Tanka,
the Great Mysterious. The day a human dies is always a sacred day. The
day when the soul is released to the Great Spirit is another."
spoke one last time to Standing Hollow Horn, the chief, saying,
"Remember: this pipe is very sacred. Respect it and it will take you to
the end of the road. The four ages of creation are in me. I will come
to see you in every generation cycle. I shall come back to you."
The sacred woman then took leave of the people, saying: "Toksha ake wacinyanktin ktelo -- I shall see you again."
people saw her walking off in the same direction from which she had
come, outlined against the red ball of the setting sun. As she went,
she stopped and rolled over four times. The first time, she turned into
a black buffalo; the second into a brown one; the third into a red one;
and finally, the fourth time she rolled over, she turned into a white
buffalo calf. A white buffalo is the most sacred living thing you could
White Buffalo Calf Woman disappeared over the horizon. As soon as she
had vanished, buffalo in great herds appeared, allowing themselves to
be killed so that the people might survive. And from that day on, our
relations, the buffalo, furnished the people with everything they need
-- meat for their food, skins for their clothes and tipi1s, and bones
for their many tools.
Legend of the White Buffalo
September 24, 1994 - Houston Chronicle
summer a long time ago, the seven sacred council fires of the Lakota
Sioux came together and camped. The sun was strong and the people were
starving for there was no game.
young men went out to hunt. Along the way, the two men met a beautiful
young woman dressed in white who floated as she walked. One man had bad
desires for the woman and tried to touch her, but was consumed by a
cloud and turned into a pile of bones.
woman spoke to the second young man and said, "Return to your people
and tell them I am coming." This holy woman brought a wrapped bundle to
the people. She unwrapped the bundle giving to the people a sacred pipe
and teaching them how to use it to pray. "With this holy pipe, you will
walk like a living prayer," she said. The holy woman told the Sioux
about the value of the buffalo, the women and the children. "You are
from Mother Earth," she told the women, "What you are doing is as great
as the warriors do."
she left, she told the people she would return. As she walked away, she
rolled over four times, turning into a white female buffalo calf. It is
said after that day the Lakota honored their pipe, and buffalo were
plentiful. (from John Lame Deer's telling in 1967).
believe that the buffalo calf, Miracle, born August 20, 1994 symbolizes
the coming together of humanity into a oneness of heart, mind, and
has gradually changed color, from snowy white to yellow to reddish
brown to the almost black of her mother. But even this was prophesied.
The legends also tell us that when all races are unified and peace
returns to the earth, Miracle will once again turn white. It is
possible there is a significance to the colors, as each shade
duplicates the color of one of Earth's races.
Sacred Red Heifer Articles Red Heifer Born in Israel
In these days of difficulty for the Land of Israel, there is encouraging news...
can now be revealed that less than one month ago, a red heifer was born
in Israel. After the heifer's owner contacted the Temple Institute, on
Friday, April 5th, 2001, Rabbi Menachem Makover and Rabbi Chaim Richman
traveled to the farm where the heifer is located, to inspect and
validate her status. The rabbis found her to be kosher and were
satisfied that this heifer could indeed be a candidate to be used in
the process of purification described in the book of Numbers, chapter
19. This is a prerequisite for the rebuilding of the Holy Temple.
records that a red heifer in our generation is a herald of the
Messianic era. It is certainly an important development towards the
rebuilding of the Holy Temple. Our sages taught that Israelis
redemption can be compared to the dawn. "In the beginning, it
progresses very slowly... but as it continues, it grows brighter and
1997 - Kfar Hisidim, Israel - AP
the Middle East the birth of a red cow denotes end times. Two such cows
have been born. One in the US and one in the Middle East.
over by an armed guard in a skullcap and visited by rabbis and other
seekers of meaning, a rust-colored 10-month old heifer in Israel is
hailed as a sign of the coming of the Messiah and decried as a walking
a variety believed extinct for centuries, the red heifer is seen by
some as the missing link needed for religious Jews to rebuild their
ancient Temple in Jerusalem. Sacrificing the animal in its third year
and using its ashes in a purification rite would allow Jews to return
2000 years later to the Temple site, a spot holy to both Jews and
cow? Rabbi Shmaria Shore strokes the nose of 10 month-old Melody, which
some see as a harbinger of the Messiah. She is believed to be the first
red heifer born in Israel in at least 2,000 years.
Cow: Religious Jews view heifer as a biblical portent
tensions already high between Israel and the Palestinians, many fear
that the calf's arrival could create an explosive situation.
cow represents the risk of a massive religious war," said Avraham
Poraz, a member of the parliament from the leftist Meretz Party. "If
the fanatics get a hold of it and try to take over the Temple Mount,
God knows what will happen. It only takes a few crazies to endanger all
old Melody seems happy just lying around in the shade. But the debate
over her theological import is one of the more bizarre signs of the
growing rupture between religious and secular Israelis.
red heifer is one of the most important signs that we are living in a
special time," says Gershon Solomon, head of a group dedicated to
rebuilding the ancient Jewish Temple, destroyed by the Romans in 70
whether his group advocated that, Solomon would say only that he
believed the Dome of the Rock and al-Aska Mosque could be dismantled
and moved to Mecca -- a move that could hurt if not destroy prospects
for regional peace. Even though mainstream religious groups have not
rallied around the cow, some secular Israelis see her as a threat.