ADDED SECTION (MARKED BELOW) 4/14/2016
The common view of the ancient world tends to be quite limited. Somehow most of us have accepted as true a questionable assumption--that the history of human civilization reaches back only several thousand years and that advanced technological civilizations could not have previously arisen. Yet, indications of a remote technological past lie all around the planet, the Great Pyramid, perhaps, being the most difficult to explain away.
As I mention in the initial segment of this series ("Kasskara: Sunken Land of the Hopi Ancestors ", Plato's dialogue of Timaeus records an Egyptian temple priest at Sais telling Solon, Platos's relative, about Atlantis and informing him of Egypt's ancient age. "O Solon, Solon, you Hellenes are never anything but children, and there is not an old man among you," the priest said. Solon asked him what he meant. "I mean to say that in mind you are all young; there is no old opinion handed down among you by ancient tradition, nor any science which is hoary with age. And I will tell you why. There have been, and will be again, many destructions of man arising out of many causes; the greatest have been brought about by the agencies of fire and water, and other lesser ones by innumerable other causes," he said. The priest tells Solon that the span of Egyptian history was determined by a long lineage of priests who recorded the length of each ruler's reign (in conventional solar years), the total of which he said was about 80 thousand--a number consonant with Hopi traditions according to White Bear.
The cataclysms the priest refers to are the ones the Hopi recall in their ceremonies and myths, but we shouldn't consider the word "myth" synonymous with "fable". These aren't metaphorical or allegorical tales. These stories transpire on such a grand scale that they can surely seem fantastic, yet White Bears tells us the Hopi believe these geological upheavals really happened; it's part of their history, and they also believe that beings from elsewhere in the universe helped them survive these destructions and relocate to another continent, so internalizing the stories and accurately perpetuating them for successive generations is to the Hopi a matter of religious and cultural obligation. That's the point of the ceremonies. Consider as well that Plato's account of Atlantis is also trivialized as a fable (or allegory) by academics, despite its detail and matter-of-fact-tone, based on the faulty conclusion that it just couldn't possibly be true.
[Added section] White Bear spoke about a man he'd known named Aapa, one of the great visionaries of the time, who belonged to the Clan of the Badger as did White Bear's grandfather. He said that while men like Aapa are sometimes called "medicine men" the term is not quite accurate. "The events that I experienced with him, and the things he showed me were filled with mystery. Often he used his third eye," White Bear said, referring to the brow chakra or "eye of wisdom" related to the pineal gland. "One day he said to me that one could pass from the physical side of one's life towards the spiritual side. The border between the two is hardly perceptible, and all those who see with their third eye can cross it," he continued. "Aapa also showed us how one can see the other side of the earth using the moon. He showed us and taught many things that you could not believe without seeing them yourself. He did these things in the presence of my parents, and as the oldest son, I could assist him. I could tell you more about it, but for somebody who did not himself live such experiments, it would be difficult to believe or understand. He told us that all this knowledge came from the fourth floor of the building [at Palatquapi] and that he learned it through his ancestors," he said.
White Bear explained that these "holy" men who devote their time to the important task of walking the "narrow path" are confronted with many dangers and temptations, yet there have always existed such men who achieved this high goal. Today such a man is called "Naquala", meaning adviser or benefactor, and it reflects his renunciation and devotion to his duties as a guide for his people. Such a man does not let himself divert from the path of truth.
"To those who had achieved this goal, the Kachinas granted them the favor of immortality; they could leave our earth without being dead. That already existed in the town of Taotooma (Tiahuanaco). These people really left us in their human bodies towards an unidentified planetary system. The Kachinas had encouraged us to learn as much as possible so we could attain the highest rank. They always reminded us that life was in front of us and that we never should forget what we had learned in this University," White Bear said. "They also said to us that in the future misfortunes would happen and that we must do everything to remain close to the divine capacity." He elaborates:
"For centuries the people of Palatquapi remained on the right path and everything was harmonious, but after some time certain clans started to leave and settle elsewhere. As the new colonies moved away, the people had less contact with their teachers, the Kachinas. The men who had reached the highest level of the University were sent as delegates to these new colonies. They used their third eye to choose young people to whom they could transmit their knowledge. But finally many colonies lost the contact with our guides and left the right path. Inside the clans and also in between the various clans disputes arose that resulted in the separation of the clans. More and more people left Palatquapi for Yucatan where they built cities and created great civilizations.
Again a time occurred when even spiritual guides chose the side of the sinners; they also left the right path. And the time came where our people were again separated. The most important clans that left Palatquapi were the Clan of the Snake and the Clan of the Bow. But important elements of these two clans remained in Palatquapi, and it was these people who continued to obey the laws of the Creator. I must explain here the structure of our clans so that you understand the repercussion such a schism can have.
Let's take the Clan of the Snake as an example. As is true of all the clans, the Clan of the Snake is composed of several groups. In their case there are six clans because the snake has six heads. The highest group in the Clans of the Snake is the Kaatooya clan. Kaatooya is the snake that represents the direction west implying sunset or death. According to the tradition of the Clan of the Snake, Kaatooya is the most important snake because it is he who pronounces the verdict when we leave the Earth.
Now you can see how we use and speak about symbols. People think that we do not know anything else, but this is false because we know what is behind the symbols. In this case Kaatooya is the most important divinity of the Clan of the Snake, but we speak about him as of a snake.