In this "strange and wonderful book," some thirty elders of the ancient Hopi tribe of Northern Arizona freely reveal for the first time in written form the Hopi. Book of the Hopi [Frank Waters] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In this unique collection, some thirty Hopi elders reveal for the first time in. Published 50 years ago by Penguin, the “Book of the Hopi” had a cult following during the ’60s. The book continues to have relevance for those wanting to understand the tribe’s culture and religion. So begins the "Book of the Hopi" by the late Frank Waters, one of Taos' most famed.

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Frank Waters' Book of the Hopi (Das Buch der Hopi, Düsseldorf und Köln Eugen. Diederichs Verlag) in Anthropos My intention is not to . Includes bibliographical references "The first revelation of the Hopi's historical and religious world-view of life." BoxidIA Waters says that the Hopi speak to us "out of immeasurable time, from a "I must reiterate that this book is an expression by the Hopis of the traditional.

With the aid of a translator, Waters related the Hopi view of the world, as told to him by 30 tribal members. They have a good religion. But the Hopis are a left-brain people.

They go by intuition and that intuition is geared to the religious side of things. Waters, whose father was part Cheyenne, said his early books on American Indians gained little attention. A Coloradan by birth, Waters found his way to Taos in the s.

Mabel Dodge Luhan, patroness of the arts, and her husband, Tony, befriended Waters. Waters was nominated numerous times for the Nobel Prize for Literature and was awarded seven honorary doctorate degrees from Southwestern colleges.

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His widow, Barbara Waters, also an author, began the Frank Waters Foundation to foster literary and artistic achievement in the Southwest. Eventually Waters was chosen as the writer.

Professional scientific observers themselves have never granted validity to those aspects of Hopi ceremonialism that border the sixth-sense realm of mysticism. Indeed, the rationalism of all the western world vehemenently refutes anything that smacks of the unknown They reassert a rhythm of life we have disastrously tried to ignore. They remind us we must attune ourselves to the need for inner change if we are to avert a cataclysmic rupture between our own minds and hearts. Much of this time I lived the reservation Their traditions come to us by the dictate of fate we call fortuitous chance, at the time when we, as they, most need them.

All the material in it, save my own obvious commentaries, was supplied by our Hopi spokesmen and approved as transcribed in manuscript form. Its aim as a free narrative was to achieve the full spirit and pattern of Hopi belief, unrestricted by detailed documentation and argumentative proof The documentary scholar may question whether an ancient primitive people could have evolved such a rich belief and preserved its full tradition for generations by word of mouth. He may assert that the myths, legends, and ceremonies are largely my own speculations.

He will certainly deny that invisible spirits manifest themselves as described. To these doubts and denials my only answer is that the book stems from a mythic and symbolic level far below the surface of anthropological and ethnological documentation.

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That it may not conform to the rational conceptualization ruling our own beliefs does not detract from its own validity as a depth psychology different from our own.

It stands for itself as a synthesis of intuitive symbolic belief given utterance for the first time.

Then she created four other beings after her own form. They were wuti , female partners for the first four male beings.

Through each ran an axis The third center lay in the throat The fourth center was the heart The last of man's important centers lay under his navel, the organ some people now call the solar plexus. These do not correspond exactly with Castaneda's, but Castaneda himself is not consistent about his labeling of "centers" in his early books--for example at one point saying that the center of "seeing" is against the ribs, and since "seeing" was later explained as a euphemism for moving the assemblage point, that makes no real sense.

The fifth center, the one under the navel was said to be "the one which directed all the functions of man.

The people recognized Masaw. He had been appointed head caretaker of the third world, but, being a little self-important, he had lost his humility before the Creator. The Hopi don't refer to "the path with heart". However, they do refer to "the road of life".

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The door at the crown of the head then opens, and he merges into the wholeness of all Creation, whence he sprang. It is a Road of Life he has traveled by his own free will, exhausting every capacity for good or evil, that he may know himself at last as a finite part of infinity. Waters gives a procedure for creating and then "planting" a "magic jar" which brings water from the desert. The detailed procedure reminds of some of the elaborate procedures Castaneda puts in his first two books:.

Other people will wonder why they were built in such inhospitable regions where there is no water for miles around. They will not know about this magic water jar, because they will not know of the power and prayer behind it. At the beginning of their entrance to the fourth world, the Hopi encounter an Eagle who has been there since the creation of the world.

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And it was the Eagle which "gave the people permission to occupy the land. There is an account of how Waters took an Indian to examine museum pieces from ancient sites, and the Indian was able to give detailed and totally unknown explanations of the pieces.

His heart had been pure, his power great. In his dying hour he had gone down to the spring below the village and transformed himself into a spruce tree. There is an account of a chief planting a male and a female spruce tree which both grew abnormally fast, allowing him to claim "proof of our power Example of an "omen"-- this book is filled with stories of "omens.

Book of the Hopi

And those are the actual words used. So is the man who impersonates the spirit In fact they were not people.The First World. In my opinion this research takes more of a life long commitment to read and understand. Frank Waters receives a proclamation from then Taos mayor Eloy Jeantete in And those are the actual words used.

Foreword by Frederick H.