Sunday, December 29, 2019

This Week's Word: APACHE

This Week' Word is APACHE

I used to post This Week's Word every week. Visitors really seemed to enjoy coming back every week to see which word would be posted. Sometimes the word would be an unusual word from the dictionary, one you might not be familiar with. Hopefully, it would be a new word you could add to your own vocabulary. Sometimes, the word would relate to a book I've written or a book I'm in the process of writing. When I wrote CHASING THE DEAD, I had to learn about the Native American tribes that roamed the southern plains of Texas, and the surrounding areas of southern Arizona and New Mexico. While their customs and beliefs might seem foreign to us, they were part of their every day life.

The Apache were one of the fiercest tribes in Indian Territory and, one of the most superstitious. There is a lot of information on the Net about their beliefs and superstitions regarding the dead. Below are just some.
Belief in Ghosts:
Native Americans warned others of the danger of the ghost world. One of the reasons that burial rites and ceremonies were so important in Native American culture was that it was a common belief that errors by the living during these ceremonies would cause ghosts to hang around and cause trouble.

The Apache believed ghosts almost always chose the night to strike. They often appeared in human guise in dreams or as black, amorphous objects. They made whistling noises to frighten their victims; therefore whistling at night was discouraged.

The Kiowa Apache’s reaction to death was immediate and violent.  Close relatives wailed, tore their clothes and exposed their bodies without shame. A widow would dress in blackened clothing, usually old flaps from tipis and she remained dressed like this until relatives told her it was time to stop mourning. The Apache also believed that ghosts were the malignant parts of the human soul, whose only purpose was to seek revenge and wreak havoc. (This is exactly what happens in my Western Romance, Chasing the Dead. Read the blurb below)

Mythology of the Apache:
*  Spiritual Leader:  they called him The One Who Lived Above

*  Goddess of Death – She controls all the souls that pass on to future worlds. The road to this otherworld crosses over her shoulders and is symbolized through the Milky Way (a trail made by departing spirits.)

*  The Apache will not utter the name of a dead person for fear of angering the Goddess of Death – and she might then forbid them entry into the other world. 

Raves for Chasing the Dead"I just finished reading this book and highly recommend it." ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

"What a fantastically original plot and story idea! If you like westerns, American history, the native American Indians or just want a read with some seriously sexy Bannister boys (cowboys!!), well then this one is for you." ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

"I found myself unable to put this novel down once I got started. I found it engaging and entertaining. With never a dull moment, I would definitely recommend it to anyone." ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

"I was pleasantly surprised to see that this wasn't just a western romance. It also has paranormal elements as well. That's not the only reason I would rate this a 5 star book." ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

"Diablo has kept the romance bones in the usual order- ankle connected to shin then knee etc etc - and fleshed them out with an Apache / Mexican / Cowboy overlay. Which I really like." ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

About Chasing the Dead 
In 1884 New Mexico, Madrid Arrende finds herself kidnapped by the Apache. Determined to rescue her, her wealthy father realizes there is only one man capable of bringing her back alive...Deacon Bannister. Deacon doesn't give one whit about the large sum of money Don Erasmos Arrende has offered him to find his daughter. He only cares about bringing the woman he left at the altar a year ago home.

A ghost is terrorizing the Apache village and the young maiden, Sacheen, has been banished by her People for unleashing Uday's wrath. Now, Deacon, Madrid and Sacheen must flee for their lives across the rugged New Mexico landscape with the evil spirit in hot pursuit.

Will they make it back alive to Madrid's father's hacienda or will Deacon lose Madrid forever? 

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