Zoophemism Edition: The Doorway of Metamorphosis
There will come a time, when the earth being ravaged and polluted, the forests being destroyed, the birds would fall from the air, the waters would be blackened, the fish being poisoned in the streams, and the trees would no longer be, mankind as we would know it would all but cease to exist...
This is how the ‘Rainbow prophecy’ begins, as retold by a woman of the Cree Indian nation of America over a century ago. In the final days of the second decade of the 21st century, our world faces a precarious future. Will the world as we know it end completely? Will humanity cease to exist? Will our race be replaced with a new one?
The Native American Rainbow Prophecy offers an intriguing and different view of the future world. The rainbow was a very important symbol in many ancient cultures. Native Americans regarded the rainbow as a sign of the great mystery and the future.
Prophecies and stories of many nations, from the Hopi and Zuni in the Southwest to the Cherokee in the Southeast, from the Cree in the far north, the great Sioux nations of the plains, to the Mayan people of the far south, the Rainbow was a focal point of spiritual belief.
According to Native American beliefs, under the symbol of the rainbow, all people will eventually unite to spread the wisdom of living in harmony with each other and with all creatures.
As Native Americans, we believe the Rainbow is a sign from the Spirit in all things. It is a sign of the union of all people, like one big family. The unity of all humanity, many tribes and peoples, is essential.
- The late Thomas Banyacya, Spokesman, Hopi traditional elder
The Cree, Hopi and Sioux Indians speak about mighty Rainbow Warriors that will inhabit our planet in the future and they will come in time of the great awakening.
The Cree tribe tells of an old woman named "Eyes of Fire", who prophesied that one day, because of human greed, there would come a time, when the fish would die in the streams, the birds would fall from the air, the waters would be blackened, and the trees would no longer be, mankind as we would know it would all but cease to exist.
There would come a time when the "keepers of the legend, stories, culture, rituals, and myths, and all the Ancient Tribal Customs" would be needed to restore us to health, making the earth green again. They would be mankind's key to survival, they were the "Warriors of the Rainbow". There would come a day of awakening when all the people of all the tribes would form a New World of Justice, Peace, Freedom and recognition of the Great Spirit.
When the earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds and who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. They will be known as the Warriors of the Rainbow.
- Native American prophecy
These Warriors of the Rainbow would give the people principles or rules to follow to make their path light with the world. These principles would be those of the Ancient Tribes. The Warriors of the Rainbow would teach the people of the ancient practices of Unity, Love and Understanding. They would teach of Harmony among people in all four corners of the Earth.
Like the Ancient Tribes, they would teach the people how to pray to the Great Spirit with love that flows like the beautiful mountain stream and flows along the path to the ocean of life. Once again, they would be able to feel joy in solitude and in councils. They would be free of petty jealousies and love all mankind as their brothers, regardless of colour, race or religion. They would feel happiness enter their hearts, and become as one with the entire human race. Their hearts would be pure and radiate warmth, understanding and respect for all mankind, Nature and the Great Spirit.
They would once again fill their minds, hearts, souls, and deeds with the purest of thoughts. They would seek the beauty of the Master of Life - the Great Spirit. They would find strength and beauty in prayer and the solitude of life.
Their children would once again be able to run free and enjoy the treasures of Nature and Mother Earth. Free from the fears of toxins and destruction, wrought by the Yo-ne-gi and his practices of greed. The rivers would again run clear, the forests be abundant and beautiful, the animals and birds would be replenished. The powers of the plants and animals would again be respected and conservation of all that is beautiful would become a way of life.
The poor, sick and needy would be cared for by their brothers and sisters of the Earth. These practices would again become a part of their daily lives.
There is truth in the prophecies of the Rainbow and the Rainbow people. People from all of the Americas will unite with people from all the other nations, and they will realize that we are all Family, brothers and sisters. This is not my personal vision, but the cosmic vision presented by all the elders, a vision that we all share.
- Don Alejandro Cirilo Perez, Maya Elders Council, Guatemala
Many ancient cultures speak of a Golden Age and the changes that we must face. According to Hindu beliefs, we are currently living in the yuga of "Kali", the Goddess of Destruction.
Many people believe that we are the verge of a mass awakening of global consciousness that will usher in a New Global Golden Age for mankind. Or perhaps we are simply being forced to face, recognise and identify with the destruction of the world through harmful extractive processes.
Will humanity be able to change and save our world or are we doomed as a species? Can the Rainbow Warriors save us like the prophecy tells us or will this planet be destroyed and later inhabited by a new race of beings?