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  1. D. Thorpe

    The Chigaraga Indians, also have certain symbols which were sacred to them too. But also, among the Hopi Indians, there are stories about how the Great Spirit would send messengers to them to restore parts of their records which had been lost. They would know, says their traditions, these messengers by the way in which these messengers would hold their hands when they would greet each other. There are many hand symbols & hand clasping depictions in ancient Americas’ art that shows that the ancient Americas also understood Christ’s visit, & him having taught that which was not lawful for them to write about (3rd Nephi chapter 11-26), thus in time, such things became part of later Native Americas’ sacred, but also secret ceremonies, that few were permitted to see.

    Typescript entitled: The White Indian Chief Eachata Eachana, unknown writer. Do You Know This? (If Not You Should…), etc. W.A. Hudson, S.L.C., Ut. (date ?), NBPCO, pp.1-7; The Salt Lake Tribune, Vol. 140, No. 169, Salt Lake City, Utah, Sunday, Morning, March 31, 1940, Magazine section, p.6, Calling All Tribes, by Frank Waters. Waters, The Book of the Hopi, p.252; By Study & Also By Faith, 1: pp.611-642, chapter 24, Compton, p.637, note .54; L. Taylor Hansen, He Walked the Americas, (Amherst, Wisconsin: Amherst Press, 1963), pp. 31, 70-1, 126-129, & 168, see also pp. 14-146, 165-66, & 206-7; Albert Churchward M.D., M.R. C.P., M.R.C.S., F.G.S., P.M., P.Z., 30 degree. The Signs & Symbols of Primordial Man, Being an Explanation of Evolution of Religious Doctrines From the Eschatology of the Ancient Egyptians, (London: Swan Sonnenschein & Company, E. P. Dutton & Co., 1910), p.101, fig.39, 104-5, 114, 330-1, fig.134, a-b, p.355, fig.156.

  2. Lisa Ranney

    Is it my imagination, or does the Hopi Nakwách look a lot like the Chinese yin-yang symbol? Wikipedia says that “Yin yang are complementary opposites that interact within a greater whole, as part of a dynamic system. “

  3. I would have to break out a few books including Frank Waters”Book of the Hopi” and “Visual Testament” by Tom Cryers, but I know that upon entering the Kiva during at least one of their ceremonies there are certain phrases that must be stated before entering the Kiva. I just remember reading this and doing a doubletake and having my wife read it just to see what she thought and we both had to laugh at the similarities it had to certain points of the temple ceremony. I’ve been to Hopi Nation a few times and I am absolutely fascinated by them. But I think that D. Thorpe nailed it on the head with his above posted comment, “There are many hand symbols & hand clasping depictions in ancient Americas’ art that shows that the ancient Americas also understood Christ’s visit, & him having taught that which was not lawful for them to write about (3rd Nephi chapter 11-26), thus in time, such things became part of later Native Americas’ sacred, but also secret ceremonies, that few were permitted to see.”

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