Interpreting the Murals of Egypt through the Eyes of the Hopi

There has to be something missing in our explanation of the murals of Egypt. Why are there so many symbols— snakes, birds with human heads, feathers, buzzards, life symbols, monkeys, scarabs, balances, a young man, two twins, and masked individuals— that only a select few can understand?


Whoever created the murals must have been trying to communicate with all of us in a simple fashion or a universal language, something that we could all understand. So, where’s the missing link?

The Missing Links

The Hopi Creation Story talks about many of the items displayed in the murals:

The snake could represent our boundaries, wobble, and path. A snake at a right angle would then represent the end of a path or journey. Each coil, a different period of time.

The bird with the human head could be the mocking bird that talked us out of the first world saying we were all different because of the color of our skin.

Prayer feathers are a way of praying—communicating with the Creator, and they represent a very small amount of weight.

Buzzards represent death and re-birth.

The life symbol could actually be a representation of the equinox, winter and summer solstice, and our four directions, North, South, East, and West.

Monkeys could be the Creators first attempt or test, to see if humans could survive on this planet, that could not talk and which ran with the animals.

Scarabs represent exactly what the Creator did; He took a unbalanced planet (dung) and formed it into a perfect balanced circle, placed His offspring on it, and He watches as we (his offspring) devour the earths air, water, and resources.

Earth’s delicate balance is measured daily by many Hopi, the balance in the murals could have been a tool to teach this.

The young man could be the Creator’s Nephew.

The twins could represent our two twin ice caps, one for balance with a pyramid on her head, and one for vibration with a bowl on her head.

The Guardian helpers (Kachinas) that come each year to help and educate the Hopi are all masked, just like the individuals that are all masked in the murals of Egypt.

The Hopi believe this is the fourth world or time that the Creator has tried to populate this planet. His plan is to try seven times and He will not create the eighth.

When I see 12 of anything I think of the 12 constellations, each having a different name and time.

The Hopi also believe that earth and man were both constructed in the same way. Each have an axis (the earth has a line from pole to pole —man, his backbone) that controls their equilibrium and balance, and keeps both straight and upright.

Vibration centers along these axes sound an alarm (the earth, the sound of an earthquake, and man, the sound of his pain) if anything goes wrong with their balance.

How would this knowledge apply to the murals?


Viewing the Messages

So why the hawk on the perch? If it is true that this is the fourth time the Creator has tried to populate the planet, and that something is wrong with earth’s balance, then perhaps this mural explains the hawk:

In the Book of the Dead image you see the students that have passed the test. Their guardians and the twins ready to venture into the fourth world with the Hawk (which represents the fourth world).

In front of the Hawk are the blessings to start their adventure; food, seeds, and plants. Everyone is carrying their planting sticks to start this new fourth world. This mural could represent the training given before moving from the third world to the fourth.

This next mural below shows the Dog (Jackal)-Faced Guardian that represents the third world, teaching young students about balance.

The small boy (the Nephew) is there helping him. On one side of the balance is the small weight of a feather, on the other, the heavy amulet (jar) that was found with mummies containing the human heart, (I think the heart represents life here on earth and the feather represent the small weight of the pyramids).

The Creator and Spider-Woman are watching the class and a scribe is writing down who has been trained and who failed. The destroyer is behind the scribe waiting for the ones who fail.

In this mural, the Earth is on a delicate balance supported by the life symbol with two human hands. The two twins are trying to help with the balance as well as six monkeys (first attempt), three on each side.

The djed pillar (backbone) that the life symbol is standing on has been used three times before. This is the fourth time that life on Earth has been in our human hands with the help of the twins.

In this mural, the hawk (represents the fourth world) is floating above the pillar (the backbone) that has been used three times. Earth’s path is on his head. He has three monkeys behind him (or in the past), and four monkeys in front of him; one for today and three for the future.

The two twins and all the monkeys have their arms up and are trying to help with Earth’s delicate balance for the fourth time. The Creators arms with his tools are shown on the backbone before the first world.

In this mural, the Creator is handing the twin, (the one with a pyramid on her head that is responsible for the Earth’s delicate balance) the pillar. The small figure of a human is in danger of being crushed if she can not support the weight.

Here the two twins are rolling in or out of balance. The dog (jackal) headed figure that represents the third world and is preparing the death of the first world figure.

I think this above mural represents a time when the Creator will not create.

In the top row: The Creator is looking at eight upside-down worlds of mankind. He said he would only fix seven.

In the middle row: The Creator is up on top of seven worlds paths. He did not use all 12 of the constellations represented by the five arrows and snakes. The Creator’s face is shown off to the left, very angry that the beetle has upset our path, after He has tried so many times to correct the problem

Third Row — The Creator has bent over backwards 4 times to balance the planet. He will not fix the 8th.


Man is tipping over with snake/path. Man has two sides. Man rolls over with the beetle.

On the right of the mural the Creator is giving seeds, food, and blessings to the Nephew and Spider-Women for the fifth world to come. Life is in his hands.

Thomas O. Mills is author of The Book Of Truth A New Perspective on the Hopi Creation Story . Mills uses his knowledge of the Hopi Ceremonial Cycles to connect ancient sites around the world.

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