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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (1982)
  • ASIN: B000INUVMQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,292,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A worthwhile read...highly recommended.
John3
The book begins with the creation myths and the believes of Hopi for the seven worlds, three past, forth - the present one and three more to come.
K. Darmenova
I give this book my highest recommendation.
Cynthia Sue Larson

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95 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Sue Larson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
Frank Waters' excellent BOOK OF THE HOPI is probably the most complete collection of Hopi stories, language, rituals, and photographs in one place. Waters wrote this book with assistance from thirty-two Hopi elders back in 1963. Much time has passed since then, and while the way of the Hopi remains mostly unchanged, access to their sacred ceremonies and rituals has been greatly reduced in the last several decades.
While BOOK OF THE HOPI was written through the eyes and ears of an outsider, it contains much of the spirit of the Hopi, and countless fascinating insights. One such example is the explanation of how one sacred ceremony (the Ya Ya) was profaned and is no longer performed, since much of its powers were taken for evil. "When you receive a wonderful power and use it for evil you lose the power. You have to use it for good to keep it."
I love the richness of information contained in this little book: symbols, the tablets of the clans, a glossary of Hopi words, thrilling tales about the creation of the worlds, and detailed descriptions of sacred objects such as the Paho (prayer-feather). This attention to detail is marvelous, but it's the heart of BOOK OF THE HOPI that makes me feel at home with the Hopi and at one with their spirit.
I give this book my highest recommendation.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 1997
Format: Paperback
*** Michael Johnson ***

Ever since my first visit to the mesas I have wanted to
know more about the Hopi people, their culture and their
beliefs. On of the best books I have found (coming from a
non-Hopi) is "Book of the Hopi" by Frank Waters and
published by Penguin Books, 1963. This book covers the
origin of the Hopi, the four migrations, the origin of the
clans, ceremonies etc. It is a book for anyone interested
in learning more about the Hopi people. Thought you might
wish to include it in your book list.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 1997
Format: Paperback
Chapter 2 - North to the Back Door (pp. 37-38)

Hay-ya, hay-ya, mel-lo ...
So the people began their migrations, climbing up a high mountain. They were accompanied by two insect people resembling the katydid or locust, the máhu [insect which has the heat power]. On top they met a great bird, the eagle. One of the máhus, acting as a spokesman for the people, asked the eagle, "Have you been living here very long?"
"Yes," replied the eagle, "since the creation of this Fourth world."
"We have traveled a long way to reach this new land," said the máhu. "Will you permit us to live here with you?"
"Perhaps," answered the eagle. "But I must test you first." Drawing out one of his arrows he was holding in his claws, he ordered the two máhus to step closer. To one he said, "I am going to poke this arrow into your eyes. If you do not close them, you and all the people who follow you may remain here."
Whereupon he poked the point of the arrow so close to the máhu's eye it almost touched, but the máhu did not blink. "You are a people of great strength," observed the eagle. "But the second test is much harder and I don't believe you will pass it."
"We are ready for the second test," said the two máhus.
The eagle pulled out a bow, cocked an arrow, and shot the first máhu through the body. The máhu, with the arrow sticking out one side of him, lifted the flute he had brought with him and began to play a sweet and tender melody. "Well!" said the eagle. "You have more power than I thought!" So he shot the other máhu with a second arrow.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By DaK on August 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is my first exposure to the historical, spiritual and cultural history of the Hopi, both prehistoric and modern. A must read for anyone interested in the honorable traditions of the first American inhabitants whose history predates that of European biblical history, and how the introduction of the European has completely altered their ritualistic practices. This book has opened my eyes to a people whose lives are rich in dedication to the preservation of peace for all living entities on this planet and throughout the cosmos.
Who this book is not for is the UFOlogist, Hollow-Earth and Alien-Conspiracy theorists who believe the Hopi people have come from the purported middle-earth where an evil alien civilization still exist to this day. However, who this book is for are those who respect life as the Hopi respect life and who want to these peoples through the early migrations. From this book you will see that the Hopi have traveled throughout all of the Northern and Southern Americas, as well as Canada and the Artic polar regions long before the European traveled to these parts of the globe, and whose religious practices are older than that of any religion in the world. Where the Christian religion (through the teachings and historical records of the Bible) only know of two worlds the Hopi civilization have memories of four worlds, but both have records of the exact same destruction of the last world, i.e., its destruction by water. Also the Hopi are privy to the knowledge that we will face three more worlds.
I rate this book wonderful, enlightening, educational and spiritually edifying.
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