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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Blogfest Tonya Ramagos


The Ghosts of the Singing River

They marched, singing their death dirge, into the deepening waters of the river until they drowned. A tribe of Choctaw Indians in Pascagoula, MS, fearful of enslavement by their enemy, the fierce Biloxi tribe.

Pascagoula, MS is not a widely known city, but it’s seen its share of legends and disaster. Hurricane Katrina is the most recent of these, but the history of the Singing River lives on with the locals of the Gulf Coast.

In the early 1800s, the Mississippi Gulf Coast was inhabited by a peaceful tribe of Choctaw Indians, but they were the only settlers in the area. A more violent tribe, known as the Biloxi, occupied the lands to the west and the tribes became mortal enemies. In a tragic tale of love and death, Altama, the chief of the Pascagoula tribe, secretly fell in love with Anola, the princess of the Biloxi tribe. When Anola’s father discovered this, he declared war on the Pascagoulas. As the Biloxi tribe approached, the Pascagoula’s knew they were vastly outnumbered. Altama and Anola, refusing to live a life without one another, drowned themselves in the Pascagoula river. To save themselves from defeat and disgrace, the Pascagoulas joined hands and followed their leader into the river, singing and chanting until they drowned into extinction.

Today, in the still of the evening during late summer and autumn, their singing can still be heard, growing nearer and louder until it seems to come from under foot.

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Tonya Ramagos is a best-selling author of contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, and cowboy novels. She spends most of her time in a fictional world dreaming up hot hunks and head-strong heroines. When she’s not writing, she’s reading. Anything from legal and military non-fiction to any genre of romance can be found on her Kindle. Her music tastes are just as varied with favorite artists ranging from Billy Currington to Disturbed. Her idea of relaxing is curling up on the sofa or her back deck with a book and her favorite beverage. Born and raised in Pascagoula, MS, she is now a resident of Chattanooga, TN where she lives with her boyfriend and their five children.

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Jean MP said...

I found your post very interesting, had never heard of this before.
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Tonya said...

Hey, my mother's name is Jean. LOL I'm glad you found the post interesting. I was actually born in Singing River Hospital as were both of my sons. I'm one of those Pascagoula natives who grew up listening to the stories about the Pascagoula Indians who drowned themselves, though I never heard the singing first hand.

Happy Halloween,

Debby said...

I have heard unexplained drumming before. That was strange.
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*yadkny* said...

Awesome post! Thanks for sharing!


SheriV said...

That's awesome. Stories like that don't creep me out too bad.

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