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Regarding Marcia and her discussion of the mounds. It does change your
perception to visit the actual site if you are fortunate to do so. The
overall aesthetics of the work is much more powerful. We recently were able
to visit Bali and it was quite a moving experience to stand midway up the
centuries old terraced rice fields and hear the faraway sounds of bamboo wind
chimes. My husband found it a meditative almost religious experience. I
think it does matter who, how and why these great earth works were built. The
Lake Jackson Indian mounds are ancient burial grounds in my town and I think
it would be quite different if they were built by captured slaves as opposed
to believers and members of the culture. My social studies teacher is always
talking about the great works as simply public works projects to keep the
masses out of trouble in peace times. I do feel that the inspiration of these
works contributes to their meaning.