According to Hopi there have been many worlds ( are the worlds a physical manifestation or a spiritual event ) or both ??? Many cultures from around
the world speak of similar worldwide upheavals -
like the great flood.
The Place of Emergence from between worlds was called "Sipapu".
The First World
The First World of the Hopis was corrupted not so much by evil as by "forgetting." 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 destroyed.
Sotuknang appeared before those "chosen people" who still remembered the Creator and his plan, and told them that the doors at the tops of their
heads ( crown chakra ) ?? would lead them to safety before he destroyed the world. They 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 (Pole Flip )
The Second World was almost as beautiful as the first, with the significant difference that the animals no longer trusted humans and remained separate
from them. But here, too, people began to forget the plan of the Creator, until finally this world also had to be destroyed.
Again, those who had "remembered" were saved, and taken care of by the Ant People. Once they were safe, the twins at the poles were instructed to
leave their posts so the world would spin off its axis and out of control (pole flip) ???. 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.
The Third World ( The Great Flood )
Now in the Third World they multiplied in such numbers and advanced so rapidly that they created big cities, countries, and a whole civilization. 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.
Some of them, of course, retained the wisdom granted them upon their emergence. With this wisdom they understood that the farther they proceeded on
the Road of Life and the more they developed, the harder it was. That was why their world was destroyed every so often to give them a fresh start.
Some Hopi accounts of the Third World contain the tantalizing information that "flying shields" had been developed there, capable of attacking
faraway cities and coming back so quickly that no one knew where they had gone. ( Not unlike Vimanas, Ancient Flying Vehicles mentioned in Indian
myths ) 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.
WE are now in The Fourth World
This time, the people had to search long and hard for a place to establish themselves and start over again. The Hopi tradition tells of endless
journeys by boat, paddling uphill all the way.
[edit on 17-6-2008 by destiny-fate]