Kokopelli Story page 4
is an important figure in Pueblo at of both ancient and modern time. He
has been assigned many different functions, and has come to symbolise
a variety of qualities.
One such interpretation is that Kokopelli is a rain priest, who
calls the clouds and the moisture with his flute. He is also associated
with various insects, most notably the locust, and he is often depicted
with antennae and other insect features. The Locust is an important figure
in the emergence myth.
Kokopelli is also associated with fertility, being shown amongst
herds of mountain sheep ( to increase their breeding ) and it is often
stated that his hump is filled with seed. However, it is also believed
that his hump contains babies, blankets or seeds which he uses to seduce
Wellman (1970) (cite: Schaafsma, 1980 p141) describes Kokopelli
as one who
Of course the ancient Greeks were not the only peoples to understand
and honor the spirit of the "trickster." In the United States
all the many Native American tribes have their own unique versions of
this trickster spirit.
One of these tricksters has become quite popularized in recent
years. His name is Kokopelli, the hunchbacked flute player. Another of
his other nicknames is the "Casanova of the Cliff Dwellers."
The reasoning behind his nickname is not immediately recognizable
from the modern depictions of Kokopelli such as the one here...
So, roll your mouse over this next picture of Kokopelli to reveal
an ancient petroglyph located in a cave on the Pajarito Plateau (west
of Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA). Maybe that will help illuminate his reputation
as the Casanova of the Cliff Dwellers.
Kokopelli's hump was said to be full of seeds. These were seeds
he scattered on all his journeys, and symbolized the semen of the male
principle to be laid to rest in the earth.
Kokopelli's flute music soothed the good earth, and made it ready
to receive his seed... And BTW - the flute which Kokopelli played was
a nose flute. (It all sounds a bit messy to me...)
Another interesting story regarding a Native American trickster
comes from the Winnebago tribe. In this version of the Trickster - he
apparently had a penis which he could detach and send down river to "have
his way" with the young maidens who were innocently bathing in the
And here's another version of a Native American trickster Kachina
called "the Hano Clown..."
I've got this trickster high a top a book case overlooking all
the events (and people) in my living room...
Funny, but he seems to make some folks a bit nervous... I wonder
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