Thursday, June 23, 2011

Canary Islands: Tenerife

The Canary Islands are part African, part Spanish with a lot of Atlantic thrown in. The islands were inhabited by a mysterious people called Guanches.

They were tall, blond and light skinned, but no one seems to know their origins. They lived in small round houses, as well as caves and cliffs.

A sculpture showing human sacrifice
They had elaborate burial procedures. We visited stepped pyramids that were a far reminder of the Egyptian pyramid of Saqquara or the Aztec pyramid of Mexico.

The Step Pyramid of Gui Mar in Tenerife
To explain the presence of similar pyramids in these distant sites, historians assumed that people from Egypt or the Canary Islands were able to cross the Atlantic Ocean on these types of canoes and made it safely by fair weather.

The name Tenerife means 'snow-capped mountain' in Guanche. The island is dominated by the impressive Mount Teide, the highest peak in Spain, over 12,000ft in altitude.

 The south of the mountain is arid while the northern slopes are lush and green with flowers and banana trees.

I forgot the name of this unusual tree.
The city of Santa Cruz is a lovely, fan-shaped capital city, with houses and street converging to the port.
The pretty Church of La Conception lies near the heart of the old city. It displays some fine baroque artwork and reminders from the islands' history.

On the Church plaza, lining the boardwalk, is a series of bronze statues representing knights, peasants, kings,..

Because of the mountain volcanic nature, the beaches have black sand.

Stay tune for a visit to the third island of the Canaries, Madeira. Meanwhile visit this site

Seth, the evil god of storm, killed his brother Osiris, chopped him into fourteen pieces and flung them all over Egypt. Isis, goddess of family, has always loved Osiris and reassembles thirteen of his body parts. Since she couldn’t find his supernatural male member where his godly power is stored, she reattaches a human one to make him whole.

Osiris, the charming god of labor Egyptians revere is now a mortal without power, anxious to recover both his own magical organ and his godly status. Guided by oracles Isis utters during their lovemaking, they search for his missing organ and fight Seth until they find Osiris’s magical manhood and he recovers his godly attributes. Osiris has fallen in love with Isis but will the sins of his past catch up with him in the present and interfere with their future?

I wrote this story after visiting Egypt and cruising along the Nile River in April 2010, and I brought back a large collection of pictures and brochures of the ancient monuments.


Molly Daniels said...

Beautiful pictures and Happy Belated Release Day:)

Mona Risk said...

Thank you Molly.

Unknown said...

Mona--I loved this little tour. Most of these things I've never heard of. Isn't it amazing that as much as we know, there are still many places on earth we know nothing about. Very informative and entertaining. And I love the snapshots. Celis

Mona Risk said...

Hi Celia-- that's exactly my opinion. I thought I have seen it all and yet I was very nicely impressed by the Canary Islands and I wanted to share it with my friends.

Nightingale said...

Mona, the pictures! And Osiris is definitely on my TBR list. I love your books!

Mona Risk said...

Hi linda, glad you enjoy the pictures and thank you for putting Osiris on your TBR list.

Lilly Gayle said...

Wow! Gorgeous pics and a history lesson. And, congrats on the release of your new book. Love the excerpt.

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Mona,
Wow, you have certainly visited some exotic places in your travels. Loved the pictures, The human sacrifice one really got to me. Interesting what you say about them being light skinned and blond too.



Mona Risk said...

Thanks Lilly, BTW you are a winner of one of my ebooks on the Voices blog.

Mona Risk said...

Margaret, it's amazing how we discover and enjoy news things every day. I am never blaze although I always come back home with a sense of relief.