This film, featuring publisher-explorer, David Hatcher Childress is about an expedition in search of the exact location of the original Sipapu, where the current Adamic race of man is said to have emerged from a hole in the ground, following a major global flood cataclysm, which had destroyed most life on Earth, according to legends of the Pueblo peoples of the American Southwest. These tribes include the Hopi, Keres, Towa and Zuñi.
This was not the first time that the gods had destroyed their creation, according to the Puebloans, whose traditional beliefs call the current cycle we’re in now the ‘Fourth World’.
The Maya World Age doctrine, from the Guatemala Highlands and Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula has significant commonalities with those of many other indigenous groups throughout the Americas most notably, with the Puebloans, except that they believe we’re currently in the ‘Sixth World’, as expressed in their holy scripture, the Popol Vuh and on stelae found at various Maya temple complexes.
World Age doctrines are pervasive in the ancient world and it are also part of the modern practices of Hinduism and Buddhism, in their traditional Yuga system of World Ages. According Hindus, we are currently in the middle of a Dark Age called the Kali Yuga or the Age of Vice. (It would be hard to argue against this).
What’s interesting is that the Kali Yuga began in 3102 BC, as correlated to the Gregorian calendar. This date may commemorate the “flood of Manu” of the Hindu Puranas, which is shockingly similar to the Biblical story of Noah. Manu was the Hindu equivalent of Noah, who is said to have rescued the ancestors of all life forms alive on Earth today. Atra-Hasis was the Akkadian hero of a similar global flood myth, one of three deluge stories, which have come down to us from Babylonia.
Also interesting is that the last epoch of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, which famously ended on December 21, 2012 began in 3114 BC, or 12 years before the beginning of Kali Yuga (correlated to the Gregorian calendar).
When I was researching this topic for this book I wrote, I was shocked to discover that Ancient Greek mythology also had a tradition of the “Five Ages of Man”, sharing some stunningly specific details to those found in the Popol Vuh and in the ancient Vedic Yuga system, with its own Golden Age, Silver Age Bronze Age and Iron Age.
In the West, this basic concept of cyclical ages stealthily survives, in the form of “Western Astrology” (actually based on an ancient Babylonian system). Even those who don’t know much about astrology have probably heard that we’re moving out of the Age of Pisces and into the Age of Aquarius. The World Age doctrine of Western astrology is based on the Precession of the Equinoxes. It is therefore cyclical, with each sign of the zodiac dominating the night sky for just over 2,000 years, adding up to a full round of 26,000 years and then starting over again. People who believe in astrology believe that the attendant qualities or “personality traits” of each sign affect the character of society during the 2,000+ years that each sign “rules” the sky.
The main problem with astrology is that there is no general agreement about when Pisces ends and Aquarius begins. I’ve read that the Age of Aquarius began six hundred years ago and elsewhere that it doesn’t start for another six hundred years, which averages out to now!
A lot of things happened around this 300-year period around 3000 BC:
– 3100 BC, The Indus Valley Civilization constructed the first advanced system of drainage. Menes unified the Upper and Lower Kingdoms of Ancient Egypt and a new capital was erected at Memphis. Umm al Binni lake in the Al Amarah region of Iraq may be an impact crater, as suggested by satellite imagery, (Master 2001, 2002). The age of the crater is estimated to be 5,000 years old. back then, the region was under the Persian Gulf at a depth of approximately 10m (Larsen and Evans 1978: 237). The alleged Umm al Binni impact could be responsible for producing the energy equivalent to thousands of Hiroshima sized bombs and the impact-induced tsunamis would have devastated coastal Sumerian cities. This may provide an alternate origin of the 2.6m sediment layer discovered during an excavation of the Sumerian city of Ur by Leonard Wooley in 1954. Descriptive passages in The Epic of Gilgamesh may describe such an impact and tsunami, suggesting a link to the Sumerian Deluge (Matthews 2001; Britt 2001). Neolithic period ends, Aegean Bronze Age starts, Minoan civilization starts, Troy is founded. Stonehenge construction begins. In its first version, it consists of a circular ditch and bank with 56 wooden posts.
– 2807 BC, A very large-scale comet or meteorite impact event in the southern Indian ocean, caused enormous mega-tsunamis. It is theorized that the legends of the Great Flood in the Bible, the Maya Popol Vuh, the Hindu Puranic story of Manu, the story of Deucalion in Greek mythology and the story of Utnapishtim in the Epic of Gilgamesh may be associated with this event, which created the 18-mile wide Burckle Crater, under 12,500 feet of ocean, off the coast of present-day Madagascar.
(Timeline compiled from the Holocene Impact Working Group, Wikipedia and from Laura Knight-Jadczyk, April 2008, “THE LIST: Damages, Disasters, Injuries, Deaths, and Very Close Calls”).