The Four Worlds of The Hopi
The First World
The people had been instructed by Sotuknang and
Spider Woman to respect their Creator, and to use their vibratory
centers to help them follow his plan. But as they began to forget this,
they began to quarrel among themselves. Finally, the situation reached a
point where Sotuknang and Taiowa decided that the world had to be
followed his indication, and took refuge underground with the Ant People
as the First World was destroyed by fire, and a Second World was created
for their emergence.
The Second World
But here, too, people began to forget the
plan of the Creator, until finally this world also had to be destroyed.
As it traveled through space it froze into solid ice, until the
twins took up their stations again and restored the Earth to life,
creating a Third World.
This made it difficult for them to conform to the plan of
Creation and to sing praises to Taiowa and Sotuknang. More and more of
them became wholly occupied with their own earthly plans.
When this world and its advanced civilization was finally destroyed by Sotuknang, this time with great floods, the people who still remembered the plan of Creation took refuge inside the hollow stems of the bamboo.
Then came their emergence into the Fourth World.
The Hopi tradition tells of
endless journeys by boat, paddling uphill all the way. From time to time
they would find a place to land, beautiful and bounteous, only to be
told by Spider Woman that they must move on: this place was too easy,
and soon they would fall into evil ways if they stayed.
The water carried them gently to a sandy shore, where they were greeted by Sotuknang and given further instructions. They were to separate into different groups, each heading in different directions, to claim all the land for the Creator. Each group would have to "follow its own star" to a place where the earth met the sea.
They would complete such a journey four times in
all, to cover all the four directions, before being guided back together
again to settle permanently.
best known today is reportedly held by members of the Fire Clan. This
tablet has always had one corner missing that, according to legend, is
in possession of a "lost white brother" called Pahana.
with the missing corner will signal the beginning of a new brotherhood
The tablet given to the Fire Clan at the dawn of the Fourth World is still missing its corner....