Interpreting the Murals of Egypt through the Eyes of the Hopi

Interpreting the Murals of Egypt through the Eyes of the Hopi

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There has to be something missing in our explanation of the murals of Egypt. Why are there so many symbols— snakes, birds with human heads, feathers, buzzards, life symbols, monkeys, scarabs, balances, a young man, two twins, and masked individuals— that only a select few can understand?

Whoever created the murals must have been trying to communicate with all of us in a simple fashion or a universal language, something that we could all understand.  So, where’s the missing link?

The Missing Links

The Hopi Creation Story talks about many of the items displayed in the murals:

The snake could represent our boundaries, wobble, and path. A snake at a right angle would then represent the end of a path or journey.  Each coil, a different period of time.

The bird with the human head could be the mocking bird that talked us out of the first world saying we were all different because of the color of our skin.

Prayer feathers are a way of praying—communicating with the Creator, and they represent a very small amount of weight.

Buzzards represent death and re-birth.

The life symbol could actually be a representation of the equinox, winter and summer solstice, and our four directions, North, South, East, and West.

Monkeys could be the Creators first attempt or test, to see if humans could survive on this planet, that could not talk and which ran with the animals.

Scarabs represent exactly what the Creator did; He took a unbalanced planet (dung) and formed it into a perfect balanced circle, placed His offspring on it, and He watches as we (his offspring) devour the earths air, water, and resources.

Earth’s delicate balance is measured daily by many Hopi, the balance in the murals could have been a tool to teach this.  

The young man could be the Creator’s Nephew.

The twins could represent our two twin ice caps, one for balance with a pyramid on her head, and one for vibration with a bowl on her head. 

The Guardian helpers (Kachinas) that come each year to help and educate the Hopi are all masked, just like the individuals that are all masked in the murals of Egypt.

The Hopi believe this is the fourth world or time that the Creator has tried to populate this planet.  His plan is to try seven times and He will not create the eighth.

When I see 12 of anything I think of the 12 constellations, each having a different name and time.

The Hopi also believe that earth and man were both constructed in the same way.  Each have an axis (the earth has a line from pole to pole —man, his backbone) that controls their equilibrium and balance, and keeps both straight and upright.  Vibration centers along these axes sound an alarm (the earth, the sound of an earthquake, and man, the sound of his pain) if anything goes wrong with their balance.

How would this knowledge apply to the murals?

Viewing the Messages

Past buried three times. One leg of the perch does not go all the way to the ground – wobble.

Past buried three times. One leg of the perch does not go all the way to the ground – wobble. (Courtesy author.)

So why the hawk on the perch? If it is true that this is the fourth time the Creator has tried to populate the planet, and that something is wrong with earth’s balance, then perhaps this mural explains the hawk:

(Courtesy author.)

(Courtesy author.)

In the Book of the Dead image you see the students that have passed the test. Their guardians and the twins ready to venture into the fourth world with the Hawk (which represents the fourth world).  In front of the Hawk are the blessings to start their adventure; food, seeds, and plants.  Everyone is carrying their planting sticks to start this new fourth world.  This mural could represent the training given before moving from the third world to the fourth.

This next mural below shows the Dog (Jackal)-Faced Guardian that represents the third world, teaching young students about balance.  The small boy (the Nephew) is there helping him.  On one side of the balance is the small weight of a feather, on the other, the heavy amulet (jar) that was found with mummies containing the human heart, (I think the heart represents life here on earth and the feather represent the small weight of the pyramids).  The Creator and Spider-Woman are watching the class and a scribe is writing down who has been trained and who failed.  The destroyer is behind the scribe waiting for the ones who fail. 


I really enjoyed this article! Thank you!

Thomas O. Mills's picture

Afternoon Sheri,    Your welcome.  Thanks for taking a look.  

Good things in your future.     tom

Thomas O. Mills

stone age dont go back past 20000 yrs let alone rediculous 400,000.
your one of the ones who confuse many out there. I am not confused about the time frame, man doesn't go back that far.. there is NO evidence whatsoever of it !

You talk as if you know this, which of course, is impossible, as you do not know. So you are the sort of man who speaks words just to hear yourself talk. Next time, think before you open your mouth. If this on the other hand is an example of you thinking, then, do us a favor and keep it to yourself. You are most certainly confused

Thomas O. Mills's picture

Morning Brian,


Thanks for taking a look at a new theory.

I see that you did not write an article, or say anything to prove me wrong. 

As long as this is a free country, I will think, talk, and write what I believe and you have the right to do the same.  Thomas O. Mills  

Thomas O. Mills


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