posted on Mar, 9 2004 @ 09:48 PM
A couple summers ago I was reading an article in "outside" magazine about hiking into the grand canyon, and about visiting the "sipapu". This is
basically a hole that can be found in the grand canyon by certain people (most of whom are afraid to go there), that supposedly leads to the
underworld...a legend of Indians. Not all believe that this "sipapu" or place of emergence is in the grand canyon, but many do, and many also claim
to have seen it and know how to get there.
One explanation comes from a Hopi story about the "sipapu' - a gateway through which the souls of people come out of the underworld and
eventually return to it. The legend goes that the souls of all humans were shut up in the Earth until the animals, learning of the imprisonment, began
digging. First Coyote and finally a badger dug a cavelike hole deep enough to release the souls. When the Earth is done with them, the souls must
return through the archlike gateway, leading to speculation that natural bridges may represent to American Indians the doorway between life and
In the article it told of many misfortunes that happened on their quest to see the sipapu, and they concluded that they were cursed because of it, so
turned around. I think it would be interesting to go see this place...but if there really were an entrance to the "underworld" in the grand canyon,
would you go see it? And do you think such a place could exist?
[Edited on 9-3-2004 by Shoktek]