on a remote, pine-shrouded
ridge a few miles outside the little town of Buena Vista, Ga., Pasaquan
is not an easy place to find. There's no mistaking it for anyplace
else, though. It is a wild and dazzling patch of living, local
hyper-technicolor, and seeing it for the first time is a
mind-stretching experience indeed. It was created by one Eddie Owens
Martin (a.k.a. "Saint EOM" -- the "E" is silent, so it's pronounced
like the ancient Eastern chant Om, or the unit of electrical
day more than 50 years ago Martin heard a voice, from "the spirit
world," and that voice told him, "You're gonna' be the start of somethin'
new, and you're gonna be called a Pasaquoyan, and your name
will be Saint EOM."
heard that voice a long time before I knew any Spanish," St. EOM
explained, "but later I found out that pasa means 'pass' in Spanish. And
I found out that a quan is an
Oriental word that means bringin' the
past and the future together, so you can derive the benefits of the
past by bringin' it into the future. And so I call myself a
Pasaquoyan, and this place is called Pasaquan, where the past and the
present and the future and everything else come together."
Pasaquan, St. EOM's psychedelic Assisi in the Southern pines, is a
subtly balanced, garishly harmonious architectural compound which seems
to have been built for the elaborate rituals of some long-vanished
cult. Its temples, pagodas, shrines, altars, walls and walkways are
embellished with cement-sculpted totem faces larger than life, swirling
mandalas and occult-looking symbology, giant undulating snakes and
Polynesian-like male and female figures in a variety of poses.
All of this is painted in the
brightest shades of Sherwin-Williams that St.
EOM could find in the local hardware store. Set on four acres and
surrounded by miles of sparsely-populated, low-lying hill country,
Pasaquan is carefully landscaped and strategically planted with
thickets of tall bamboo and ribbon cane, which enhance the Oriental
ambience while concealing the place from view of the pulpwood trucks,
pickups and occasional cars that pass by on the blacktop country road.
EOM said that in building it he was influenced by the ruined temple
complexes of Pre-Columbian
Mexico and his notion of what the
civilizations on the fabled lost continents of Mu and Atlantis might
have looked like. In some of its aspects Pasaquan calls to mind African
sculpture and the statuary on Easter Island. And with its bold designs
and flamboyant colors it also has the immediate impact of a carnival
Whatever the architect's intentions, the overall effect is that of a
scaled-down Angkor Wat or Oz or Chichen Itza in some crazed 3-D
cartoon, and it has left many a first-time visitor open-mouthed and
speechless for long stretches of a morning or an afternoon.
from Tom Patterson's book, St. EOM
in the Land of the
(1987, The Jargon Society).
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