Thomas Banyacya, Hopi Elder
"The circle with the four O's and cross within [referring
to the above figure] symbolizes the Four Corners Region (where
Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico meet). The circle represents
no beginning and no end -- the infinite Great Spirit. The Indians
believe we are the Fourth World. When the Third World was destroyed,
those Indians who had listened to the prophets were guided to
places of safety underground. After the Fourth World was created,
they assembled at Four Corners and were instructed to spread
out in the four directions. Four (4) also represents the four
elements in nature: fire, water, air and earth; and the four
color races of man: black, yellow, white, and red.
"In the Hopi Prophecy, a white man would come to them
and help transform the entire continent into a spiritual paradise.
He would be recognized because he would carry the fragment of
stone which would complete their Holy Stone, filled with Indian
writing characters. The Holy Stone had been preserved for thousands
of years. Thus, when the white settlers came to the American
continent, remembering their prophecy, they were openly welcomed.
The Indians shared all they had. In return, all the White Man
did was to take. The Indians noticed that their White Brothers
had brought a cross. However, it was not enclosed by the circle
of the Great Spirit, thus showing the White Man had lost his
"The Indians believe that at the beginning of the
Fourth World, when man was told to disburse throughout the planet,
from Four Corners, the White Race was one of the original races
that went East. Upon their return to our continent, they had
become confused and forgotten the ways of the Great Spirit. Further
the prophecy continued, either the White Man would bring peace
and harmony or attempt to totally destroy the Indians' way of
life and take all their possessions and the land. If the latter
occurred , there would come a time when the Indian people would
appear to be almost nonexistent. Yet, one day, they would rise
out of nowhere to lead a spiritual revolution so that all people
on this continent would become attuned to the Great Spirit and
to protect Four Corners at all costs because there is great power
under the land. If it is allowed to escape, great destruction
will result. Today, the Indians are going through the test to
hold onto their traditional ways and protect the land. The White
Man's society is trying to swallow the Indians up. Many Indians,
especially the young, are falling prey to the White Man's ways.
"The prophecy also talks about creation of atomic
bombs as catastrophes of great heat, equal to the heat of a sun.
It also warns about tampering with the moon (violating its nature
by removing rocks and soil).
"Another prophecy: Four Corners will be area of confrontation
between White and Red. Indians will be pushed into Four Corners.
Great Spirit told the Hopi that Four Corners is the backbone
of what is now the United States. Hopi must hold this land till
human beings live in harmony. The power under the land would
be used for destruction. There would be a terrible punishment
if we give up Four Corners. Hopi Elders also know about the prophecies
of earth changes and Space Brothers."
What is known, Hopi elder Thomas Banyacya has written,
is that "our true white brother, when he comes, will be
all powerful and he will wear a red cap and cloak. He will be
large in population and belong to no other religion than his
very own. He will bring with him the sacred stone tablets. Great
will be his coming. None will be able to stand against him."
Although it is unclear whether Pahana will hold the stone tablets
in a literal or a symbolic sense, this passage indicates that
he is not a single person, but large in population. Because
Tibetan rinpoches and lamas wear red, and because Tibetan Buddhism
has rituals similar to Hopi ones, especially the making of sand
paintings as a healing and a tool for meditation, many wonder
whether Pahana could be represented, in part, by the arrival
of the Tibetan spiritual community. And traditional Hopi, in
recent years, have initiated meetings with Tibetan holy men to
explore this possibility.
Mayan, Prophecy of the End of the Great
[From: The Book of Chilam Balam of Tizimin]
"When the original thirteen baktuns were created, a war
was waged which caused the country to cease to exist. Little
by little, however, our enemies came to hear the prophecies of
Ahau; but finally even the hope of hearing Ahau is brought to
an end because of the words of opposition. When the need arises
for the high authority at the head of the mat to safeguard our
children, then we will feel deeply the tragedy of being captives
in war; also when we are ordered to obey... And when over the
dark sea I shall be lifted up in a chalice of fire, to that generation
there will come the day of withered fruit.
"The face of the sun will be extinguished because
of the great tempest. Then finally ornaments shall descend in
heaps. There will be good gifts for one and all, as well as land,
from the Great Spirit wherever they shall settle down. Presently
Baktun thirteen shall come sailing, figuratively speaking, bringing
the ornaments of which I have spoken, from your ancestors. Then
the god will come to visit his little cones. Perhaps After
Death will be the subject of his discourse."
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