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,The Ambassadors From Mars
George and Willie Muse’s stage name was “The Ambassadors from Mars.” They were performers in a circus sideshow. Of course, the brothers weren’t from Mars. Their birthplace was Truevine, Virginia.
The men were albinos with blue eyes, blond nappy hair, and pale skin. As you can see, George and Willie have dreadlocks. The photograph was taken in the 1920s, which is incredible.
John Carter of Mars
What was the inspiration for the Muse brothers’ stage name? John Carter of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I’m sure. The publishing of his Barsoom collection occurred in 1911.
An adventure featured the Waziri, an African tribal nation living on Mars. It’s likely the circus promoter was aware of the story.
Speaking of Burroughs
Burroughs’ depiction of the Waziri in the John Carter of Mars collection is decent. However, his rendering of the Africans in the Tarzan of the Apes series is problematic.
It’s alleged Burroughs read Percival Lowell’s Mars, Mars and Its Canals, and Mars as the Abode of Life. And likewise, Helena Blavatsky’s The Seven Root Races. And that Burroughs melded the information into the Barsoom series.
Returning to the Muse Brothers
George and Willie’s Muse’s parents, Cabell and Harriet Muse, were tobacco sharecroppers who lived and worked in Truevine, Virginia. They were illiterate, and the Muse family struggled financially.
George and Willie Muse disappeared when they were six and nine. A circus promoter kidnapped them. Or a relative allowed the promoter to take them.
The promoter groomed the brothers for a circus act. They performed without payment for thirteen years. Also, the circus’ management wouldn’t let them attend school. So they couldn't read and write.
In 1927, Harriet Muse reconnected with her sons in Roanoke, Virginia. At a Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus show. And Mrs. Muse sued the circus for their wages. The heartbreaking and ultimate victory of the Muse family is chronicled in, TrueVine, by Beth Macy.
As we step deeper and deeper into the Aquarian Age, more abominable stories hidden beneath rugs, behind closet doors, locked away in safes and desk drawers, smothered inside trunks, languishing within cardboard boxes, attics, and basements, and zipped behind embarrassed or hateful tight lips will resurface. Because truth crushed to Earth always rises.
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