Adapted from "The
Book of Hopi" By Frank Waters, Ballantine Books,
First World - The Nature of Man
The First People,
then, understood the mystery of their parenthood. In
their pristine wisdom they also understood their own
structure and function: the nature of man himself.
The living body of man
and the living body of the earth were constructed in the
same way. Through each man ran an axis, man's axis being
his backbone, the vertebral column, which controlled the
equilibrium of his movements and his functions. Along
this axis were several vibratory centers which echoed the
primordial sound of life throughout the universe or
sounded a warning if anything went wrong.
The first of these in
man lay at the top of the head. Here, when he was born,
was the soft spot, kópavi, the "open door"
through which he received his life and communicated with
his Creator. For, with every breath, the soft spot moved
up and down with a gentle vibration that was communicated
to the Creator. At the time of the red light, Tálawva,
the last phase of his creation, the soft spot was
hardened and the door was closed. It remained closed
until his death, opening then for his life to depart as
it had come.
Just below it lay the
second center, the organ that man learned to think with
by himself, the thinking organ called the brain. Its
earthy function enabled man to think about his actions
and work on this earth. But the more he understood that
his work and his actions should conform to the plan of
the Creator, the more clearly he understood that the real
function of the brain was carrying out the plan of all
The third center lay
in the throat. It tied together those openings in his
nose and mouth through which he received the breath of
life and the vibratory organs that allowed him to give
back his breath in sound. This primordial sound, as that
coming from the vibratory centers of the body of earth,
was attuned to the universal vibrations of all of
Creation. New and diverse sounds were given forth by
these vocal organs in the forms of speech and song, their
secondary function for man on this earth. But, as he came
to understand its primary function, he used this center
to speak and sing praises to the Creator.
The fourth center was
the heart. It too was a vibrating organ, pulsing with the
vibration of life itself. In his heart man felt the good
of life, its sincere purpose. He was of One Heart, but
there were those who permitted evil feelings to enter.
They were said to be of two hearts.
The last of man's
important centers lay under his navel, the organ some
people now call the solar plexus. As this name signifies,
it was the throne in man of the Creator himself. From it
he directed all the functions of man.
The First People knew
no sickness. Not until evil entered the world did people
get sick in the body or head. It was then that a medicine
man, knowing how man was constructed, could tell what was
wrong with a man by examining these centers.
First, he laid his
hands on them: the top of the head, above the eyes, the
throat, the chest, the belly. The hands of the medicine
man were seer instruments; they could feel the vibrations
from each center and tell him in which life ran strongest
Sometimes, the trouble
was just a belly ache from uncooked food or a cold in the
Other times, it came
"from outside," drawn by the person's own evil
thoughts or from those of a Two Hearts. In this case, the
medicine man took out from his medicine pouch a small
crystal about an inch and a half across, held it in the
sun to get it in working order, and then looked through
it at each of the centers. In this way, he could see what
caused the trouble and often the very face of the Two
Hearts person who had caused the illness.
There was nothing
"magical" about the crystal, the medicine man
always said. An ordinary person could see nothing when he
looked through it, the crystal merely objectified the
vision of the center which controlled his eyes and which
the medicine man had developed for this very purpose.
Thus the First People
understood themselves. And this was the first world they
lived upon. Its name was Tokpela, Endless Space. Its
direction was west, its color sikyangpu (yellow), its
mineral sikydsvu (gold). Significant upon it were kato
ya, the snake with a big head, wisoko, the fat eating
bird, and muha, the little four leaved plant. On this
world the First People were pure and happy.
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