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Kohler Foundation may support Pasaquan
From the October 2, 2013 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
When Eddie Owens Martin began converting his family home into Pasaquan in the mid 50s he was splitting time between Buena Vista and New York. While home caring for the crops and constructing strange statues and walls around the local property, he began to raise eyebrows. There were rumors of his strange spirituality, which he reportedly encouraged because he figured if folks believed evil spirits lived there it would help keep them off of his property when he was up north.
While it worked to a great extent, Martin (who began calling himself St. EOM) himself became quite famous (or infamous, depending on who you asked) in his hometown. This was as one would naturally expect of man who lived in such a strange
home in rural Southwest Georgia, while dressing in colorful flowing robes with ringing bells and wearing unusual large hats (and sometimes even a feathered headdress similar to Native Americans) over his long hair that he described as a spiritual antenna.
By the time he killed himself in 1986, he had transformed the small family farm into a compound of brightly painted statues, pagodas, shrines, etc., all surrounded by equally interesting concrete walls. On www.amazingsites.net, Tom Patterson describes it by saying it seems to have been built for the elaborate rituals of some long-vanished cults.
This unique property is now owned by the Pasaquan Preservation Society, a local not-for-profit organization, which has been raising money to restore and repair the property, which is open to the public as a museum/tourist attraction one weekend a month. The group has been very dedicated and has made much progress, but has at times felt a little overwhelmed by all of the work that needs to be done.
Now, they may soon have a lot of help. Representatives of the Kohler Foundation in Wisconsin visited the site last week to ... Online subscribers click here for the rest of the story.