Stonehenge and the Hopi: Hidden Messages Connecting Sacred Sites
The Hopi were watching the sun rise and set at specific points on the horizon from fixed locations in their villages long before the Spaniards arrived in 1540. Many of their most important ceremonies were based on the sun’s location; the equinox, the summer and winter solstice, and the halfway points between the two.
Hopi pueblo in Arizona, 1879. ( Public Domain )
The Spaniards found them early in the morning, looking east, waiting for the sun to rise and praying the earth would stay on its delicate balance and not roll over. The Spanish called them Moqui or people with running noses. The Hopi called themselves the Peaceful People or the Peaceful Little Ones, ( Hopitu-Shi-nu-mu).
Hopi Women's Dance, 1879, Oraibi, Arizona, photo by John K. Hillers ( Public Domain )
The Spaniards did not know what to make of the nine large, peaceful villages on three mesas and the people who showered them with hospitality, corn, melons, peaches, and bright colored weavings and baskets. Why would anyone live in this location with no running water, no soil, no beneficial weather for their crops, and no trees to build their homes?
Ancient Hopi Village of Wolpi. Arizona, USA. ( Public Domain )
The Hopi Guardian
The Hopi Guardian (Maasaw), that saved the Hopi before a great flood and brought them to this location after traveling east over a large ocean, showed them the exact location where he wanted them to live. He also told the peaceful people to expect other races to come to their land in the future, but not to resist or fight them but to welcome them. The Hopi welcomed the Spaniards for the next 140 years, or until 1680 when the Spaniards tried to change their religion. This was to be the only time the Hopi rose in anger and they drove the Spaniards off to the east. Here the Spanish inhabited the villages of Zuni, Acoma, Taos, and other villages that lived on rivers with running water and they converted them to their Catholic religion. The Hopi still wait for their long lost white brother to return to their villages and complete their ceremonial cycles as Maasaw had instructed them.
A Hopi petroglyph in Mesa Verde National Park. The boxy spiral shape near the center of the photo likely represents the sipapu, the place where the Hopi emerged from the earth in their creation story. ( Public Domain )
Worlds Destroyed by Fire and Ice
In 1882 the United States government created the Hopi Reservation. The land was so poor that no one wanted to move the Peaceful People, so the Hopi still occupy the land that they were given in the beginning. They do not consider themselves to be on a reservation; they are at home, exactly where they are supposed to be. They have never changed their religion.
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Historians believe that the village of Oraibi on Third Mesa is the oldest continuously inhabited village in the United States, although many suggest that Shongopovi, on Second Mesa was really the oldest site, and known as the navel.
Hopi woman of Oraibi making coiled pottery, 1899. ( Public Domain )
It is the Hopi belief that the period of time we live in today is the fourth time the Creator has tried to populate the planet. This might explain many of the ancient ruins— pyramids, stone circles, and underground chambers— that no one has an explanation for today. The first world was destroyed by fire, the second by ice, and the third by a great flood. The first two events happened at a predetermined time and the third, the great flood, came early, or ahead of its time. How would past civilizations leave us this message?
What structure could they build that would withstand the fire, the ice, and the water? What measurement system would they use to convey the message?
We know that ancient civilizations like the Mayan’s and the builders of the pyramid complex in Egypt, (I believe the builders of the pyramid complex gave us the first record of the constellations in the ceiling of Dendera for a very important reason) knew about the procession of the equinoxes. Today, we see that it was written about in the Vedanga of India around 700 BCE and many credit Greek astronomer and mathematician Hipparchus of Nicaea (190 – c. 120 BC) as discovering it in the second century.