The Pyramid Complex and the Hopi: Creation Myth Sheds Light on Building Plan

The Pyramid Complex and the Hopi: Creation Myth Sheds Light on Building Plan


The Egyptians did not build the pyramids.  No one living in the area can tell you; who built them, why they were built, when they were built, how they were built or why the pyramids at the complex were arranged in the particular order that they are arranged in.

I imagine long ago, the first person to use his small copper chisel and wooden mallet to dislodge the glue (a glue as strong as a spiders web) securing the casing stones and slide the first stone down the side of the pyramid, was greeted with cheers from his friends waiting at the bottom of the pyramid. They then may have used logs, camels, and perhaps the Nile to transport the stone to Cairo to build their city.

Artist’s depiction of the Great Pyramid of Egypt with casing stones intact.

Artist’s depiction of the Great Pyramid of Egypt with casing stones intact. (Source:

If money changed hands, a booming business probably emerged, and it might have taken them 20 years or so to remove all the casing stones and strip the pyramid of anything of value that they could carry off.  They probably camped in one of the old ruins nearby and brought their families there to live.



Spider-woman and Her Helpers

The Hopi Creation Story tells me who built the pyramids— Spider-woman with her helpers the Ant People (the Hopi refer to the pyramids as large ant hills in their story).  She is said to have done this because the Creator instructed her to put his plan down on Earth for all to see.  Like any good business man, the Creator had a reason and a plan.  

Grandmother Spider or Spider Woman of Native American lore.

Grandmother Spider or Spider Woman of Native American lore. ( CC BY-SA 3.0 )

The reason the Creator needed pyramids in Egypt, Mexico, and China, was the Earth had a problem.  It was believed it was out of balance when he first found it wobbling in space.  After Spider-woman built the pyramids, two twin ice caps formed on each pole and their weight stabilized the planet. Today the twins are melting. 

By Hopi count this is the fourth time the Creator has come back to correct this re-occurring problem. This might also be the reason why the pyramids have been built at different periods of time (after the first people were destroyed by fire, the second people destroyed by ice, and the third people destroyed by water, the great flood) and locations and why the murals around the pyramid complex have evolved from stick figures to beautiful colored decorations and carvings, just as we have evolved. 

A mural depicting Tawa, the Sun Spirit and Creator in Hopi mythology.

A mural depicting Tawa, the Sun Spirit and Creator in Hopi mythology. ( Public Domain )

So what was the plan?  

The Plan at the Pyramid Complex

The Creator told Spider-women and his Nephew, that they were to remain here on Earth and start civilization.  The Creator wanted one for himself, one for his Nephew, and he would come back and fix the problem seven times, hoping that we would “wake up” and take care of our Earth and its problems ourselves in the future.

Diagram courtesy author Thomas O. Mills

Diagram courtesy author Thomas O. Mills

The largest pyramid, on the left, was for the Creator, the center pyramid was for the Nephew. The pyramid that represents our location in the plan today is positioned on the equinox—the perfect balance where the day is divided into two equal parts, half dark and half light, this pyramid is smaller than the two large pyramids. 

The three small satellite pyramids in front of the Creator’s pyramid could represent the next three worlds he has to create. The three small satellite pyramids behind the pyramid that represent our present location in the plan, could stand for the three past worlds destroyed by the fire, the ice and the water.

(Learn more about the calculations and connections between at the creation beliefs of the Hopi and the sites of the Egytpian Pyramid Plateau in The Valley of the Kings and the Hopi: Constellations Send Ancient Messages ).

When the Hopi yearly Ceremonial Cycle is added to the complex, you see that we are in between the fourth and fifth cycle and about to cross over from this world to the next.

Diagram courtesy author Thomas O. Mills

Diagram courtesy author Thomas O. Mills

If this belief is correct, there should be evidence that the small satellite pyramids have been moved in the distant past in the first, second, and third sections.   

The Hopi Creation Story does not tell us how the pyramids were built but it covers the who, (Spider-woman and the Ant People), the why, (to help stablize the planet when it was out of balance), and the when, (in the beginning and after the Earth was destroyed by fire, ice, and a great flood), very well in my mind.

Thomas O. Mills  is author of  The Book Of Truth - A New Perspective on the Hopi Creation Story Mills uses his knowledge of the Hopi Ceremonial Cycles to connect ancient sites around the world. 


Top Image: Deriv; Pyramids of the Giza Plateau ( CC BY-SA 2.0 ), and the Native American Spider-woman ( CC BY-SA 3.0 ), and the Creator in Hopi mythology. ( Public Domain )

By Thomas O. Mills


Paul R. Boudreau's picture

Interesting application of myth. I am heading down to the Sedona area this month and hope to get a brief taste for the area. Having enjoyed the Giza Plateau, Saqqara, Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, it will be of great interest to be in the area of the Hopi. Especially at the time of the Winter Soltice.

Paul Boudreau

co-author of Awakening Higher Consciousness

Thomas O. Mills's picture

Morning,  The grahic’s were added by the editors at Ancient Origins.   I think Spider-Women was very attractive and in my next article, that tries to explain some of the murals of Egypt, you will see her.   If the Hopi are correct, money won’t matter in the near future.   thanks   tom

Thomas O. Mills

the graphic made to depict a mummified , elderly Hopi Grandmother....

is specifically designed or configured to appeal to Western European that group has the greatest amount of readily spendable income... very new-age(ish)

Thomas O. Mills's picture

Good Morning Mr. Murphy and thank you for your comment.  I appreciate you taking the time to read the article and I hope it encouraged you to take a look at Hopi history and maybe someday visit their villages.   All the best.   tom 

Thomas O. Mills

An interesting and enjoyable read, if a tad fanciful. But what mythology is not fanciful? Of course we know how the Egyptian pyramids were built, and even have a strong handle on why. As a matter of fact, there are still failed attempts at constructing pyramids from earlier in Egypt's history than the ambitious multigenerational Giza projects. And the pyramids in Central and South America are constructed very differently (which this myth slyly explains, I noticed) but less well preserved due to slight differences in climate between deserts and tropical rainforests... (Otherwise we no doubt would have found earlier failed attempts there as well.)
The pyramids are fascinating, but a lot of their mystery originates in unconcious racism, the earnest assumption that mere primitives from continents other than Eastern Europe could not possibly have the intelligence or resources for large construction projects. A little archaeology and a little history go a long way to taking the romance out of ancient alien visitors and similar silliness.
But myths were meant to entertain as much as educate, and they should still be enjoyed. I know that the sky is not a dome formed from the skull of Ymir, but that does not stop me from thrilling to the adventures of Just Tyr and Noble Thor and Sly Odinn and Mischievous Loki and Risque Freyja - and knowing how the pyramids were constructed should not stop anyone from enjoying this retelling of the Hopi creation myth. Lighten up a little!
Kudos, Mr Mills!


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