Monday, May 14, 2012

52: THE MAASAW (Messiah) of the HOPI

A week ago I met a man who is a Pueblo Indian who was recently adopted into the Hopi tribe. He spoke to a few of my friends about the Hopi Indians and about their culture and sacred ceremonies. He shared with me this painting which depicts a bearded white man known by the Hopi as Maasaw.

Tradition says that Maasaw gave the Hopi instructions and warnings about a way of life He wanted them to follow. He said if they followed His way, they would live long and fruitful lives. Maasaw told the Hopi that He was the first and last. He wanted them to be humble and live like He did. He wanted them to take care of, and respect the land and live in harmony with it. The Hopi lived this way for centuries, and they thrived. They lived in communities and cared for each other. They planted their crops and sustained themselves. Sacred rituals were performed daily, and they never lost sight of what Maasaw had taught them. Then came the white man with their religion--a counterfeit way implemented by the Great Seducer. They trampled on the Hopi sacred way of life. Now many Hopi have lost their wonderful, sacred culture, and walk the material way of illusion with Christians who claim to follow Jesus.

The following are a few of my own personal observations of the above painting. The central figure is the Maasaw (Messiah). He is clothed in a golden priestly robe with a record in his hand, symbolic of truth. He is wearing a blue and white loincloth symbolic of the Power of the Priesthood. There is a group of humble Native Americans to His right (left side of painting) who are kneeling with outstretched and open arms.

There is another group of Native Americans standing somewhat proudly with brightly colored apparel around their shoulders which all appear to be looking at the red-eyed serpent. There is another priestly man with a purple crown and blue robe who appears to have some authority or higher rank and status.

In the distance, there is a multitude of people on the other side of the river who have yet to cross over. In the foreground, once the people cross over there seems to be a division. The right side of the painting is group of six who seem to worship a false idol along side a man with the blue cap. (it is important to note that they are on the left hand of Messiah). The other group of six is the humble group with some kneeling.

According to this man who spoke to us, once a Hopi is baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they are “advised” to no longer participate in their Native American sacred dances and ceremonies. He went so far as to say that if they do continue to participate that they would be excommunicated.

On the otherhand, the LDS Church owns and operates what the Polynesian Cultural Center where other cultural tribal dances and ceremonies are performed from the Pacific Islands. Some of these dances derive from ritual and ceremonial war dances and some are sensual dances. It is not cheap to experience and watch. General Admission for the day is 49.95 with some packages as much as 228.95.

In addition, the LDS Church is constructing a huge development project near the Polynesian Cultural Center called Envision Laie. Envision Laie is a project guided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that will, most significantly, create a new bunch of subdivisions collectively called Malaekahana. Part of this construction project is a multi-million dollar hotel is being built by the LDS Church. The new hotel will be in partner relationship with Marriott International Inc. to operate a new 220-room hotel. The development has been estimated to cost approximately $25 million to build, and will measure approximately 150,000 sqaure feet. The new Marriott is expected to open in September 2013, coinciding with the Polynesian Cultural Center’s 50th anniversary.


LJn said...

Hm. I would hope that the Hopis would continue with their sacred dances and ceremonies. It's a cultural thing. No doubt, like historic Christianity, things have changed in the years that have passed since the Messiah came to them - but how are the Hopis different from the Polynesians, whose culture is being fanfared? The only difference I see is that they are not a money-making venture. As if they hold sacred things sacred, and don't sell them for money.

Anonymous said...

Thank you. I appreciate this information. I didn't know the PCC cost so much--


Anonymous said...

I am a Hopi that has lived in Hopi land all my life and who practices the culture fully. I am disheartened when I see things like this that only further distort the teaching and perceptions of my people and of Native Americans in General. I do not mean for this to sound like a criticism of this post for it is only relating what was told by this Hopi man who was recently adopted. However, Just for clarification this painting shows absolutely nothing about the Hopi way. the central figure is not Maasaw at all, it is Jesus. This painting serves as nothing more than propaganda, depicting the coming of Christianity to Hopi...One cannot even be sure that the natives depicted in the painting are even Hopi as their attire is nothing like Hopi traditional dress... Nevertheless many similar drawings and paintings can be found throughout all Native American communities, and are attempts by the various christian denominations in the United States that come into our reservation lands to convert Hopis and other native tribes to their religion. And because of the Amendment right to freedom of religion we tribes have no legal means of authority to remove them from our lands and so they go about proselytizing. This has been going on for centuries. On Hopi the Mormon Church is one of the most forceful and detrimental denominations, who show no respect for our ancient traditions that have existed since before the time of Christ. For those Hopis who do convert to Christianity,few as they are, they use their knowledge of the Hopi belief system and Christianity to blur the lines and confuse the distinction in an effort to make it easier for the churches to convert more Hopis, by reinterpreting sacred symbolism and drawing similarities, much like it seems this man was trying to do in his interpretation of the drawing. Maasaw is NOT the messiah neither by nature nor by the place that he has within Hopi religion. Furthermore, the line of Maasaw that states I was the first and I will be the last, is a phrase that many Christians who are familiar with Alpha and Omega reference in the Bible use to draw further comparisons between Hopi and Christianity. The actual phrase in Hopi is Noq oovi, hapi màasawuy hisat yaw ahoy pituqw pepehaq pu’ yaw it nùutungk talöngvaqat sen yaw aqw pituni, which does not mean that at all. Maasaw, for those who are true practitioners of the Hopi culture, is the Death God, and as the Hopis, as well as the Mayans and Aztecs belief Death an act of creation, thus Death/Maasaw...which literally means Death is where you come from and where you ultimately return, so death is indeed what was present in the beginning of time and what will be present at the end.
Thus, I would warm all to be careful about what they read and hear about the Hopi way, even from those who claim to be Hopi for some few individuals like this man are not actual practitioners of the Hopi way but are converts to a foreign Homogenizing faith.
Taa, Pay yuk polo.


Thank you for the clarification. Please accept my apologies for the inaccuracies of what I posted. I would love to talk to you further about this, and make the proper corrections, plus learn more about your culture and beliefs. Is there a way I can get in touch with you and talk to you offline?

The Church The Way said...

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The Church The Way said...

Hey call me Chris ,