'CRY OF THE MACHI A Suffolk murder Mystery'
I have always found it impossible to believe that, over the centuries, countless millions of people throughout the world (of all ages, races, creeds and convictions) who have seen or experienced inexplicable phenomena can be totally wrong. Equally, their claims have invariably been forcibly disputed by armies of sceptics who flatly refuse to give any credence to their assertions, often cruelly labelling those who have witnessed anything connected to the paranormal as 'cranks', 'madman' or some other such crudely derogatory term.
The disbelievers will go to great, often quite hostile, lengths to challenge all forms of the paranormal, supernatural, psychic, mystical or occult and will call upon much scientific evidence to disprove the existence of anything that might be ghostly, phantom, spectral or 'other-worldly'. However, despite a mass of science, people still continue to have all forms of unearthly experiences. Some of the religious pagan rituals of so called 'uncivilised' societies that try to accommodate this.
The Mapuche Indians of Chile come to terms with the unknown by viewing life as a constant struggle between the powers of good and evil. They have a dualist perception of the universe, viewing the cosmos as two opposite and complementary worlds in one. One world is the natural world, represented by the earth with its people. The other is a supernatural world which is magical and spiritual represented by the sky. The spiritual world is Wenumapu, and is an organized and balanced region between the clouds and the cosmos. Here the gods, spirits and ancestors live. Next to it is the opposite, the 'Anka-wenu', a disorganized, chaotic space next to the clouds where evil spirits the Wekufes live. These cause illnesses and suffering to mankind. The Machi spiritual leaders keep in contact with the gods and are responsible for combating the power of Wekufu (evil).
It is from research, in Chile, upon the religion and culture of the 'Mapuches' that I drew inspiration to incorporate and modify 'the concept' of the power of a Machi, working through the supernatural forces across the cosmos, into my novel 'CRY OF THE MACHI A Suffolk Murder Mystery'. It is, essentially, a conflict between good and evil in which the supernatural plays a very significant part and questions the wisdom of ignoring it !
AUTHOR INFORMATION & LINKS
Alan S. Blood worked in Advertising and the Civil Service, London, before qualifying as a Teacher from Reading University, England and enjoying a long distinguished career. He now writes novels, plays, screenplays and poetry and has widely travelled the world, especially undertaking research in Chile where some of his supernatural crime thriller ‘CRY OF THE MACHI A Suffolk Murder Mystery’ is partly set. Alan’s novel ‘ONCE UPON A CASTLE' is a teenage ghost story taking place in World War 11. The paranormal genre, therefore, features in much of his prose work. Alan won top award at the ‘Hastings International Poetry Festival’ (2003) with his controversial ‘litter’ poem ‘CONTRITE CAN CANNOT’. He enjoys wildlife photography, painting, scraperboard engraving and lives in a rambling Victorian house in Wales, UK.
Interview By Georgina Wroe on Thursday 9th August, 2012 at 2.10 pm. (This Interview can be heard on the 'Potpourri' section of my website – www.alansblood.co.uk by clicking the 'Play' button)