According to the mythology of the Hopi Indians, originally there was only Tayova creator, who was in the infinite space without time, form and life. He created his assistant Sotuknang and instructed him about the realization of his overall plan (Tuvagachi). Sotuknang made the nine worlds of earth, water and air. The first two were designed for him and the Creator, and the remaining 7 were for a future life.
The next step was the creation of life and the creation of a "man" in the first world called Tokpela (Infinite Space). For this Sotuknang created Goddess Kokyangviiti, Spider-Woman. In turn, she has created two subsidiary deities - Keepers of the biosphere. The first, Poganghoyya had to monitor the ecological balance. The second, Palongavhoyya (Echo), controlled dense and subtle vibrations of the biosphere. Together they support the rotation of the Earth axis.
After Poganghoyya and Palongavhoyya completed their work in bringing the Earth to life, Spider-Woman created plants, birds, animals and all other creatures that inhabit the biosphere. Then it was time for the creation of humans. In the image and likeness of Sotuknang she created four men of different skin colors (yellow, red, white and black) and then created their wives. After going through three phases of Creation, they saw their Creator in the form of the sun, breathe life into them.
However, these first people did not know how to speak. To give them speech, wisdom and strength, Kokyangviiti called Sotuknang. To people with different skin color, he gave different languages and the power to multiply. But the first people to understand each other without words communicated telepathically. They had been given languages for the execution of the Creator’s plan: the pronunciation of prayers and singing songs from their energy centers generated vibrations to transform (maintain) Earth’s biosphere in the right direction. Apparently, different languages were needed to influence the subtle vibrations of different spectra.
According to the Hopi legend, the first "people" bore little resemblance to modern man, and were more like intelligent insects. They lived very happily in the world of animals, eating the fruits of mother earth, until they started to break the commandments of Sotuknang and Spider-Woman about serving the Creator.
There appeared more and more "people" who used the vibratory centers of the body for their own selfish purposes. This was facilitated by two adversaries. The first, Lavaihoya, appears as the mockingbird Mochni. He sowed nationalism and anthropocentrism. He convinced people that they are above the animals as well as the differences between the races with different skin color and language. Another, Katoya, had the shape of the snake with a large head. He sowed suspicion, cruelty and intolerance.
As a result, the peace and quiet on Earth disappeared. Only a very few "people" remained who had kept faith in the Creator and were devoted to his plan. Upon seeing this, Tayova and Sotuknang decided to destroy the world. Only those who had preserved the purity could be saved. Then Sotuknang came and warned the people of the impending end of the world. He said that they should go to a specified location, guided by the star at night and during the day on a cloud that can be seen on the top center of the vibrating head (kopavi).
After many days and nights, "people" from different countries gathered in the declared place - they were the first Hopi. Then came Sotuknang who led them to the mountain, where the Ant-people lived and he ordered them to open the inlet. In this mountain, ancient "people" have survived the destruction of the first earth.
The First World, Tokpela, was destroyed by fire very quickly, but Sotuknang had to wait a long time until the ground cooled to create a new world. When Sotuknang finished his work, he went to the top of an ant hill and knocked on it.
The new world Tokpe (Dark Midnight) was not as perfect as the first, but was still very pleasant. Hopi gave rise to earth people. They were still not in need of a language as a means of communication, and have seen and talked to each other at any distance through the kopavi at the center of the crown of the head.
Animals in the Second World were wild and kept away from the "people" who could build things and began to store food, as the ants did. They learned how to build houses, roads and how to trade. "People" were covered by the thirst hoarding. They became desirous of having more and more. They stopped singing hymns to the Creator and began praising goods. A consumerist psychology spawned greed and strife and in the end wars broke out between the villages. Therefore it was decided to destroy the world, and the good Hopi (the chosen people) again waited for the end of the Earth safely underground with the Ant-people.
By order of Sotuknang, at the end of the Second World, Earth’s axis was no longer spiritually maintained and it went out of control. It began to rotate at a breakneck pace, it swung and turned over twice and then it left its orbit around the sun. As a result, the mountains and the sea got mixed up and replaced each other. Then everything turned very cold (Snowball Earth) and a period of global glaciation occurred.
When everything old collapsed, Sotuknang return Earth to its previous orbit and he began the creation of the Third World, Kuskurza. Once everything was ready, he opened the lid of the underground nest of the Ant-people and released the people from it.
In the modern tradition of the Hopi way, the Ant-people are embodied in their Kiva temple. Coming out of it, the ceremony participants climb the stairs in the center of the church through the hole in the ceiling. It symbolizes the transition to another new world.
In the new Third World of Kuskurza reproduction and development of the people proceeded so fast that many cities and countries began to appear. Again, many people forgot about their mission and came under the influence of animal passions. In this world, lust prevails and many people used their reproductive power in perverse ways. A distorted use of the creative potential, which is closely associated with sexual energy, leads to low-lying purposes and causes decadence and decay .
Humans started to create magical mechanisms for war. A particularly pernicious role was played by the Luca clan. They created the first flying machines called paatuwvota (It literally means water shield). They had the form of warrior’s shields and fed the vital energy of the people. Soon, many people learned how to build the paatuwvota and they began devastating wars. Seeing this, Sotuknang decided again to destroy the Third World, but this time with the help of a flood. He went to Spider Woman and taught her how to save the righteous people before they were seduced or killed.
At this time the hollow stems of plants, such as bamboo or reed, were made into airtight containers with a small supply of food and water (hurusuki – a dough made of white corn meal). The decadent people waited for the flood that destroyed the entire land. According to Hopi legend the remnants of the Third World are still lying under a sediment layer of the oceans.
When the waters calmed down, and a new world was created, "people" came out of their floating shelters and were on a small plot of land which was the previous top of the highest mountain in the world. This time, the path to the next, fourth world was much more difficult. The "people" were forced to make a raft and sail west from island to island, until finally they came to the land of the new world -Tuvakachi (the Finished World). They found their way with the help of Spider Woman and their own magical vision through the kopavi at the crown of their heads.
Such a difficult set of trials, apparently, was needed to temper people's attitudes. This was done to reduce the likelihood of repeating the mistakes of previous worlds, where everything was given too easily. According to legend, every time the “people” thought they had reached the coveted land, Spider-Woman told them: "It's too easy and pleasant to live here, and soon you will again stand on the path of evil."
Tuvakachi (the fourth world) became the world in which we now live. It is not as beautiful as the previous worlds. Its main feature is the existence of polarities: cold and heat, beauty and squalor, etc.
Address the people with words of encouragement Sotuknang said that by living here and making choices, the people will show whether they can fulfill his Thought of Creation – if not the time will come again to destroy the world.
The protector and guardian of the Fourth World is the immortal spirit Massana. He has a very large role in the Hopi tradition. He is their mentor and teacher and the mediator between humans and gods. Once in this fourth world, the Hopi, according to the instructions of Massana, separated into smaller tribes and began to migrate in different directions, settling the new lands.
Read also my works published in "Five world epochs and mankinds (humankinds) of Maya, Nahua and Aztecs"
© A Koltypin, 2010
© L Fitzpatrick, 2013 (translation)
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Read my works "History repeats itself through 150 million years. About equivalence of Aztec and Maya's world epochs and Indian Yugas and about existence of reasonable life in the Carboniferous, Ordovician and other periods", "Once again about time of Creation of the world and the biblical (Noachic) Flood. The amendments brought by geology and folklore", "Legends and hypotheses about a lunar rabbit, churning of the ocean, spinning up of the firmament (vault of heaven), origin of the Moon and connection of the Moon with death and immortality - the description of catastrophe at the boundary between the Third and Fourth and the Fourth and Fifth world epochs, acquisitions of modern appearence by Earth and emegence of the modern person - Homo Sapiens"
Read also my works "Origin of human (people)", "Great mixing and formation of human races", "On formation of Europeoid, Negroid, Mongoloid and other races. A view (sight) after two years ", "Industry, wars and ecology of antediluvian Earth"