In this episode we begin to ponder Hopi connection to the stars, and the potential influence of extra terrestrial and celestial sources on Hopi culture – do the Hopi people have celestial blood?
As author and researcher Gary A. David mentions, Hopi culture includes an integral ongoing relationship with supernatural spirit beings called Katsinas. Each year the kastinas fly from their home on the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff, Arizona to the Hopi Mesas on “flying shields” to assist the Hopi with agriculture and other pursuits. This rings similar to many accounts told by disparate cultures around the globe including the ancient Hindu Vedic accounts of beings traveling on flying “vimanas.” Perhaps not so surprisingly Flagstaff is an active area for UFO sightings and has been for some time.
Each year the Hopi ceremonial cycle commences, featuring a series of Hopi Kachina dances. Men don masks to personify these supernatural beings and in the process temporarily take on the beings’ supernatural life-giving personas. The Hopi carve kachina and cradle dolls out of cottonwood trees to commemorate the Katsina beings and convey their nature to children.
According to Hopi oral tradition Katsinas – celestial beings, not masked “kachina” dancers – have mated with Hopi women, meaning the Hopi of today carry celestial blood. This beckons biblical accounts of the sons of God (Nephilim) taking the daughters of men as suggested in Genesis 6:1-4. According to the Bible the nephilim were giant “men of renown” like the nasty one in the book of Samuel with 6 fingers on each hand and 6 toes on each foot. Odd isn’t it then, that we find petroglyphs throughout the Southwest of large anthropomorphic figures with 6 fingers and 6 toes. Yet more intriguing is the fact that a very large 6-toed skeleton was reportedly removed from underneath Pueblo Bonito at Chaco Canyon – where a petroglyph on the cliff wall behind the structure denotes a big 6-toed foot.
The Bible also references, “there were giants on the earth in those days.” Moses supposedly sent spies to Caanan who returned with stories of encountering giant beings, and many ancient cultures speak to the presence of such men. The Nahuatl people of Mexico claim that giants known as the Quitzimenin built the pyramids of Teotihuacan, and many have posited that giant beings constructed other ancient monumental structures throughout the world. Recently we’ve come across a slew of research suggesting giant human beings existed in ancient North America where they were both feared and revered. In upcoming episodes we investigate the giant phenomena in much more detail, but the fact that these beings exist in the oral traditions of many indigenous North American groups including the ancient Puebloans is intriguing.
Dave mentions that the “ant friends” saved the Hopi from the 2nd world cataclysm of ice, but according to oral tradition they also helped the Hopi escape the first world cataclysm of fire by taking the Hopi underground. Realizing the extent of cave systems throughout the Americas and the existence of amazing underground cities like Darin Kuyu, oral tradition begins to take new meaning. But who were the “ant friends?”
As author Gary A. David notes, the Hopi words for “ant friend” are “anu” for ant and “naki” for friend. This sounds an awful lot like the name for the Sumerian gods called the “Anunaki,” or “those who from heaven to earth came.” One would suspect that these beings would in some way visually represent an ant, but was this really the result of ancient aliens or is there another explanation? Considering the many linguistic similarities Gary has identified between the Hopi and ancient Egyptians, perhaps the ant friends were Egyptians with deformed skulls. They could also have been the Maya or Paracus people of Peru, or any one of a number of ancient peoples who practiced cranial deformation that would’ve produced an ant-like appearance.
(Above Recreation of Elongated Paracus Skull from Peru by Marcia K. Moore)
Pictographs and petroglyphs have been found throughout the U.S. Southwest of anthropomorphic figures that evoke an other-worldly feeling with ant-like features, none more than those of Horseshoe Canyon. However, we know the Hisatsinom ancestors of the Hopi like many other ancient cultures had shamans who would utilize hallucinogens such as Datura and Peyote to journey, during which time they would jot down their visions on the nearest suitable rock face. Were these odd-looking pictographs and petroglyphs the result of physical interaction or shamanic journey?
Gary’s wonderful work correlating the stars of the orion constellation to ancient Hopi sites throughout the Southwest indicates that these people, like the Maya and Egyptians share a veneration of this celestial formation. Many academics dismiss the validity of such astrological correlations but Gary and the fifteen-year-old boy from Canada who recently discovered an ancient Maya city using nothing but Maya cosmology may disagree. “As above so below” appears to be a constant throughout the ancient world – was this merely because they were amazed enough by the stars in the sky to spend hundreds of years replicating them on the ground, or was there more behind this extensive undertaking?
We’re on the Road2Ruins to find out!