Fairy Crosses -- A 2,000 year-old legend...

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Little PeopleTwo thousand years ago, so the Cherokee legend of Fairy Crosses begins, the "Yunwi Tsunsdi," or Little People, lived in the beautiful mountains of what is now North Georgia and Western North Carolina.  Shy and elusive creatures, the Little People were revered throughout the Cherokee Nation for their ability to find people lost in the thickly forested mountains of the region.

One evening, while the Little People were enjoying an enchanted celebration of dance, music and song, a foreign messenger arrived bearing the sad news of the Crucifixion of the Son of the Great Creator.  So moved were the Little People upon hearing the news of the loss of one so great, that they were moved to tears.  As their tears fell to the ground, they turned into Fairy Crosses, where they can be found to this day.

The scientific--and much less romantic name--for the Fairy Cross is staurolite, from the Greek word stauros, meaning cross.  Staurolite is found in rocks that have been subjected to enormous heat and pressure. A composite of iron, aluminum and silica, staurolite occurs when these three materials crystallize, often forming a cross-shape. 

No two Fairy Crosses are the same.  Each has its own unique shape, most commonly broken down into three Fairy Crosscategories: The Maltese Cross-a perfectly formed cross that is the most difficult to find and thus most highly prized by collectors. The second is the more common Saint Andrews Cross, a more angled cross rather than a horizontal and vertical shaped cross.  And the third is the Prismatic Cross, while less than perfectly shaped, it is in the form of a cross, and is the most common and readily found variety.

Long prized as good luck talismans, Fairy Crosses have been carried by Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, as well as Thomas A. Edison and Charles Lindbergh.

In 1976, staurolite was named Georgia's state mineral. 

Fannin County--along with a few other areas of the Southern Appalachians-- is one of a relatively few places in the world where Fairy Crosses are naturally occurring.  Rock hounds from around the globe visit Blue Ridge in the hopes of finding the perfect speciman. 

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Jan Evett
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Kim,

What a neat legend... thanks for sharing it.  I would love to visit your area someday... maybe if I ever do I'll can stop by the C21 office to meet you. 

 

Mar 30, 2008 08:42 PM #1
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Kim Southern
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Jan:  That would be wonderful!!  I think you would love it here...and I'd love to get to meet you in person!  Anytime...lunch is on me!

 

Mar 30, 2008 08:47 PM #2
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Debbie Malone
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Kim, that is interesting, I've never heard the legend before. I know we stayed in the area several years ago and it's beautiful.
Mar 30, 2008 08:58 PM #3
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Kim Southern
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Debbie:  It is a beautiful area...just like Lynchburg.  I am endlessly fascinated with the Cherokee--who lived in this area--and plan on doing more research about them, and probably doing more posts.

Thanks for stopping by!

Mar 30, 2008 09:06 PM #4
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Rich Dansereau
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This is a very interesting piece of local lore. I have never heard of staurolite either. Thanks for sharing both of these tidbits of information!
Mar 30, 2008 10:13 PM #5
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Kim Southern
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Rich: My pleasure! I'd never heard it called staurolite until I looked it up.  I'd known about Fairy Crosses for years, tho.

Mar 30, 2008 10:25 PM #6
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Kim, interesting, great post.
Mar 31, 2008 07:03 PM #7
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Kim Southern
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Thanks, Duane!!  I'm glad you enjoyed it! 
Mar 31, 2008 07:07 PM #8
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Hi Kim,
It is always interesting to learn about the legends of different areas.  Thanks for enlightening us. 

Apr 01, 2008 09:45 PM #9
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Kim Southern
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Cynthia:  I agree!! I know every town, no matter how big or small, has legends...and they are all interesting.  Glad I could share one of ours!
Apr 01, 2008 09:52 PM #10
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Kim:  Great story and I have to admit, I did not know about this.  This is so cool!
Apr 02, 2008 09:51 AM #11
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Kim Southern
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Donna:   I think it is so neat!!  I got interested in these when my husband brought one home that someone had given him at work.  I'd love to try and find more...

Thanks for stopping by!

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Kim,

This is so very interesting.  I'll have to look for one of my own at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show next February!

Mike in Tucson

Apr 06, 2008 08:25 AM #13
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Mike: I thought so too!  Yes, look for one at the show next year...they are way cool.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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