Last week we examined those prophecies which Maasaw gave to the Hopi and are believed to have already been fulfilled. This week, we will examine the prophecies which still lie in the future.
The Hopi believe that they are at the end of the Fourth Cycle of time. According to their traditions, the last cycle ended in a huge flood, which they were able to survive because of their kivas. These are sacred chambers which the Hopi access by climbing down a ladder from a hole in their roof to perform many of their religious ceremonies, including communing with the Mother Earth.
There are interesting parallels between the Hopi stories and the Biblical flood. In both tales, the people had grown corrupt and sinful, and it is the Creator who authored the flood as a means of getting rid of mankind. Noah used the birds after the flood, to help determine whether or not land had reappeared. According to their legend, the Hopi also sought the aid of animals and birds to help them ascend to the next world at that time. It's curious that these two cultures, separated by an ocean, should have randomly told such a similar tale if these tales are simply fabrications based on falsehoods. If, on the other hand, they were based on a common event which took place in the distant past, then their similarities are not so surprising after all.
What do the Hopi predictions say about the end of the current cycle, and its aftermath?
-from The Hopi Survival Kit, by Thomas Mails
Hopi, inside a Kiva, performing one of many rituals
The Water Serpent Ceremony
As the impersonators approach the kiva, the light is extinguished. A few minutes later, the room is reilluminated to reveal an elaborate screen stretching from wall to wall. In front of the Sun Shield covers on the screen, are placed tiny corn shoots stuck in cones of clay. To the accompaniment of roaring sounds, the Sun Shields lift and the heads of huge plumed and horned serpents appear. Snakelike, they sway farther and farther into the room while the Koyemsi sing. With violent motions, they sweep away the miniature cornfield. The Mother of All Kachinas, Hahai-wuuti, approaches the serpents with a tray of corn meal and nurses them.
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