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The Hopi Snake Antelope Ceremonyby Jannice Fadely
(Copyright 2008, Jannice Fadely - All Rights Reserved)
Posted: 17:04 August 17, 2008
Hopi Snake Dance
The Snake Antelope ceremony of the Hopi is a very complex ceremony that incorporates both the ritual of the sacred marriage of the Goddess and the God and the symbolic rising of the kundalini. Kundalini is a Sanskrit word meaning either "coiled up" or "coiling like a snake." Kundalini is a concentrated form of prana or life force, lying dormant in chakras in the body. It is conceptualized as a coiled up serpent.
The Snake – Antelope ceremony is a perfect representation of the rising of the kundalini in a person. The ceremony is not done in the form of meditation to raise the kundalini in an individual but the rising of the kundalini in the entire tribe and the land by utilizing a foot race to represent the chakra system with the kundalini rising up through the chakras.
The Snake – Antelope Ceremony is all the knowledge and wisdom of kundalini, the chakras, Earth Female Fire Energy, Solar Male Fire Energy and the drawing upon the balanced energies for the betterment of the Hopi tribe and the Earth. Through the ceremony the tribe and the Earth are joined together as one being.
The Hopi Snake Antelope ceremony and the sacred marriage of the goddess are celebrations of the Sun and Moon, of sexuality and the life giving fertility of the planet.
In the Great Goddess Mysteries the Sacred Marriage of the Goddess and God occurs on Beltane, May first. It is the Sacred Marriage of the Goddess and God which brings fertility to the land.
The Snake – Antelope Ceremony of the Hopi is held every other year, alternating with the Flute Ceremony. The ceremonies are held in the lunar month of Big Feast Moon in August. The purpose of the Snake – Antelope Ceremony is to bring the rain needed for the final maturity of the Hopi corn crop and to ensure a good harvest.
The sacred marriage between the goddess and the god only lasts one day while the complete Snake-Antelope ceremony lasts 16 days. The beginning date is determined by the suns position as it rises over the Munyaoui Cliffs.
The preparation for the Snake Antelope ceremony is similar to the other Hopi ceremonies held throughout the year. It starts with the announcement, the planting of standards on both the Snake and the Antelope Kivas, the ritual smoking, the making of phaos (the prayer sticks) the confinement of society members and the creating the alters.
The ceremony is performed by the Antelope Society as the leading society with the Snake Society as the lower society. The Snake Chiefs go to the Antelope Kiva each morning and evening of the entire ceremony, the lower acknowledging the higher, to smoke and pray. kundalini lays in the lower chakra until it is raised to the highest chakra.
The Snake Society creates the Snake Society alter at night. The Antelope Society create their alter during the day. This represents the power of the sun, male, and moon, female.
The Snake Societies alter is a very simple alter consisting of two wooden images of Snake Maidens while the Antelope Societies alter is very elaborate that requires eleven days to build.
The Antelope Societies alter represents the world as it is formed by earth, air, water, plant life and mankind. The alter consists of a sand painting four foot square bordered with lines of directional colors and at each corner is a small cone of sand with a hawk feather in it representing a cloud mountain. On the sand painting is placed a Corn Mother, a perfect ear of corn, four ears of corn pointing to each of the directions, and several bowls of water from Flute Spring. The backdrop of the alter represents a house and is decorated with buzzard feathers. Leaning against the backdrop are the tiponi which are about two feet tall. The tiponi consist of eagle wing feathers with eagle down feathers tied to the tips of the eagle wing feathers tied with red buckskin thongs.
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