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The Ancient Hopi Legend of the "Ant People"

The Hopi Indians have lived on the high desert of northern Arizona for thousands of years. This barren but beautiful landscape was the place where Hopi gods directed them to build a number villages made up of pueblos—what we today would call stone apartment complexes. Here the Hopi managed to flourish by simply growing corn, beans, and squash with very little rainfall and almost no irrigation.

One of the most intriguing Hopi legends involves the Ant People, who were crucial to the survival of the Hopi—not just once but twice. The so-called “First World” (or world-age) was apparently destroyed by fire—possibly some sort of volcanism, asteroid strike, or coronal mass ejection from the sun. The Second World was destroyed by ice—Ice Age glaciers or a pole shift. During these two global cataclysms, the virtuous members of the Hopi tribe were guided by an odd-shaped cloud during the day and a moving star at night that led them to the sky god named Sotuknang, who finally took them to the Ant People—in Hopi, Anu Sinom . The Ant People then escorted the Hopi into subterranean caves where they found refuge and sustenance.  

In this legend the Ant People are portrayed as generous and industrious, giving the Hopi food when supplies ran short and teaching them the merits of food storage. In fact, another legend says that the reason why the ants have such thin waists today is because they once deprived themselves of provisions in order to feed the Hopi.

Round kiva in New Mexico, built by descendants of the ancient Hopi

The constellation Orion also has a thin waist. When Orion dominates the winter skies, the ants are deep in their small underground hills. These structures are similar in form to the Hopi kivas, which are subterranean communal prayer chambers. Coincidentally the Sanskrit word  ki means “ant hill” and va means “dwelling.” Each February inside their kivas the Hopi perform the Bean Sprouting Ceremony, or Bean Dance, called Powamu. During this time the fires are continuously kept ablaze, turning these structures into superb hot houses. The ritual commemorates a time when the Anu Sinom taught the Hopi how to sprout beans inside caverns in order to survive.

It is interesting to note that the Babylonian sky god was named Anu. The Hopi word for “ant” is also anu, and the Hopi root word naki means “friends.” Thus, the Hopi Anu-naki, or “ant friends,” may have been the same as the Sumerian Annunaki—the beings who once came to Earth from the heavens.  

Hopi rock carvings of the Ant People, northern Arizona

The Ant People may have also lived in ancient Egypt. Akhenaten, the 18th Dynasty pharaoh who ruled from 1351–1334 BC, is shown in some depictions with an elongated skull like the shape of an ant’s head. His almond-shaped eyes and neck are like the ant’s, and either the serpent or the vulture on his uraeus resembles the ant’s mandibles. He also has spindly arms and legs like those of the ant, and his upper body resembles the ant’s thorax while his lower body mirrors the ant’s abdomen. Akhenaten’s body type can be specifically compared to the Pharaoh Ant ( Momomorium pharaonis ), which originated in West Africa. It also has an elongated head, a yellow to reddish brown body, and a darker abdomen with a stinger.

Perhaps it is more than a coincidence that the Egyptian word sahu means “stars of Orion,” whereas the Hopi word sohu means “star,” the most important of which are those in the constellation Orion. To read more on the Ant People and the Hopi connection to ancient Egypt, see my most recent book Star Shrines and Earthworks of the Desert Southwest .

By Gary A. David (Source)


The Hopi Legend of the Ant People

In Hopi legend, the Three Sisters were gifts from "Spider Woman," who also taught them how to farm. She also taught them how to weave and make pottery. The Hopi believe that we have just entered the Fifth World. When evil came into the Third World, it was she who brought them to the Fourth World. The Hopi agreed to be caretakers in exchange to live there. In every aspect of life, maintaining a balance between nature & people is the Hopi Way. Their ceremonial celebrations of this balance help ensure their way of life goes on.

The creation mythology that spans the different cultures in the world all have almost the same beginnings: Life was created from Earth. I find it fascinating that so many different religions, one not having been physically close in proximity to the other, has the same story. 

In Hopi Mythology, "Spider Woman," who ruled the Underworld, and her consort, Tawa, the Sun God who ruled the sky, used their thoughts to create Earth. Then "Spider Woman" molded animals and humans from clay, spread a blanket that she wove over her creations, and she & Tawa sang them to life.

After the Hopi made their promise, life on Earth was cultivated, and it prospered. The first humans spread throughout the planet, and they became different races, lived on different continents, and spoke different languages. But still using their inner eye, they could understand each other without talking, felt at one with each other, and felt as one with the animals.

Over time, some people forgot what they were here for. They forgot they made a promise. They forgot about "Spider Woman" and Tawa. People began to divide between languages, races, and different lands. Some humans forgot how to feel at one with each other and the animals. Animals sensed the disconnect and began to run from humans. Only some people remembered how to stay connected, and those people didn't run from one another. 

As a myth can go on, during the First World, Tawa had made insect-like beings that resided underground. But he grew so unhappy with the First World, he decided to destroy it. He sent out a call that only those who still remembered their promise could hear. They began to travel from all over the world following it. Even some people who couldn't hear it, believed them and traveled with them anyway.

When they were all together, near the Ant People's home, Tawa told them of his plan.

They asked: "How will we survive underground for so long? Surely it would take time for another world to be ready for us!"

Tawa told them: "Learn from the Ant People! You will survive my destruction, and I will create a Second World! When I have it ready for you to live in, I will come get you!"

Down under the surface they went with the Ant People. They saw how the insects had stored their food, which they had gathered in the Summer for Winter, and how now they went without because they were there to feed. Despite the protests from the humans, the Ant People simply pulled their belts tighter. That is why Ants have such tiny waists today! The humans saw how the Ant People obeyed the laws of creation, and how they lived in peace with each other. They dug rooms and trails in the dirt, and the people learned to keep warm when they were cold, and how to keep cool when they were hot. So they could see in the dark caverns, they learned how to use their 3rd Eye, which was the spot behind the middle of their foreheads that they communicated with. The crystals underground had absorbed the sunlight from above, and using their inner eye, the humans used the reflections to navigate underground. 

As the destruction of the First World was almost complete, and the Earth cooled down, Tawa began to move continents. For the Second World, he put the oceans where land was, and the land where oceans had been. After he retrieved the humans from the Ant People's home and brought them into the Second World, eventually the same thing happened again. Some people forgot and some remembered. This time, Tawa sent "Spider Woman" to lead them through to the Third World. Then evil invaded, so "Spider Woman" taught the humans how to get into the Fourth World. 

Nazca Lines in Peru

Were they Ancient Indians?

If they hadn't been Ancient Indians, I don't think it's possible to have been any more imaginative about the creation of life on Earth. Just recently I read an article that was written about the spheres in Costa Rica. These were made around AD 600, span eight feet in diameter, and weigh 16 tons. There have been about 300 discovered. These are man-made, black granite balls that had been written about by Conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1547. He stated that "the lords of the Empire gather every four years in the Country of the Balls where they receive advice from great wise men." They were already known to be MAN MADE. The only issue that I have found is that another giant one, the biggest so far weighing in at 40 tons and 11 feet in diameter, was discovered in Bosnia. In all, the countries that have bragging rights to their giant balls are Bosnia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Easter Island, Southern Europe, and the Balkans. No...I could not find North Korea or the United States listed.

I imagine that 1500 years ago, human civilization was incredibly inventive and creative. Especially without all the over-stimulation that we have today from our modern technology. THAT kind of inventiveness was their technology. The question still stands: Why did t