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Haplogroup B and Water Clan Symbols

Friday, January 14, 2011
Native Hawaiians and Native Americans
Part One

In a previous post, "On the Trail of Spider Woman," we suggested that petroglyphs in Arizona and Utah with female goddess symbolism and birthing ceremonies were connected with the Hohokam ("Sea Peoples") and other Indians who followed in their wake, corresponding to archeology and anthropology's Basketmaker Culture. In this and a series of posts over the next few months, we will show pictures of “emergence” petroglyphs from Hawaii, New Guinea, California, Hopi, Zuni, Pima, Papago, Fremont, Zuni, Mimbres, Palavayu and Eastern Woodlands cultural sites that support our thesis. We believe them to be the footsteps and stepping stones of female haplogroup B and its associated lineages.

Mitochondrial Haplogroup B does not have as its dissemination center Mongolia or Siberia or Central Asia but Southeast Asia, specifically Taiwan and Indonesia, and is characteristic, in contrast with Indian groups emphasizing A, C and D, of the Pueblo Indians and some Southeastern Indians such as the Cherokee and Chickasaw and Choctaw. It entered the Americas in successive waves, some of them seaborne, over many millennia.

The first picture comes from the western coast of the island of Hawaii. It is considered one of the oldest religious shrines in the Hawaiian Islands. It shows a stick figure carved into a rock set in the ground. As we will see, this is a typical "emergence" figure marking the arrival of a people in a new phase of existence. The symbolism is of a female mother figure giving birth, her progeny here depicted by the taillike extension coming from between her legs. There are thousands of variations of this tribal or clan mother iconography scattered over Asia and the Americas (but not apparently found in Europe or Africa).

The Hawaiians considered the western coast of the Big Island their place of emergence. According to their legends, their people came from the sea from the southwest and were noted for their ability to twist plants and fibers into ropes. Their capital was hence called Hilo (twisted, plaited). On account of their subtlety in these arts they adopted the hula (twist) dance as their national dance. Its original purpose was as a fertility ritual to increase population. (Johannes C. Andersen, Myths and Legends of the Polynesians, Tokyo:  Tuttle, 1969.) The main song sung during the enactment of the hula was called The Water of Kane, or Waters of Life.

The Hawaiian Mother symbol illustrated above seems to be connected with a certain clan. As is often the case, the head of the female figure is differentiated to show which clan. This one has horns and could represent a dragonfly. This insect recurs in American Indian petroglyphs where it is associated with the Water Clan and fertility rites. To "read" the Hawaiian petroglyph properly we might say, "Here is the spot where the Head Mother of the Water Clan emerged and gave birth to her people." It is likely (although no legends are preserved regarding its use) that women made offerings here to become fertile, attract husbands and be delivered of healthy children. In similar ceremonial sites, such figures mark an actual birthing stone where women squatted to give birth, attended by midwives and clan mothers.

Native American Parallels

To show the physical resemblance of the Hawaiian design to American Indian symbols we will reproduce  thumbprints below from different traditions. They will be linked together and explicated in subsequent posts in this series.

"Lizard Woman" petroglyphs from Arizona/Utah.

"Lizard figure" at "ceremonial" Burnt Ridge Petroglyph Site, Madison County, Kentucky.

Water Clan symbols from petroglyph handbook, Springerville (Zuni) cultural territory in Arizona. From left:  meander, snake, chevrons in triline, emergence.


Keeya Osawa commented on 06-Oct-2011 04:18 PM

Hello..I've been reading but now have to cross reference everything because i found that that in the article for 'Hohokam', i do know from O'Oodam..spelling..aka Papago (that is not their traditional name for themselves) that They called the Hohokam..meaning...those
that have gone not Seafaring people. Any comments?

Anonymous commented on 06-Oct-2011 04:30 PM

Yes, Hohokam is traditionally translated Those Who have Gone but that is not a literal translation. It's like the Cherokee or Tsalagi are called the Cave People or the Fire People by other tribes. Or the Creek Indians. Or the Hopi are called Moqui meaning
(I think) Dirty Ones by other Indians (I think the Zuni). Similar case with Anasazi probably.

Millennium Twain commented on 13-Feb-2012 01:30 PM

glorious! sharing ...

zyy commented on 15-Sep-2013 06:34 PM

fascinating how this symbolism can be found here, it's not true however that these symbols aren't to be found elsewhere. thru a quick googling you can find out that the "emergence" symbol as well as the others is to be found allover, from gravettian europe to sweden to catal huyuk. its probably a very old symbol communicated thru the ages.

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