Every god we worship today has his share of blessings that fall on us. Kokopelli is one such deity that is venerated and worshipped by the Native Americans. Kokopelli, usually depicted as a humpbacked flute player, is the deity of fertility. Like other fertility gods, Kokopelli too presides over childbirth, agriculture, music and as a trickster. Kokopelli is predominant in the Native American and Anasazi culture.
Followers described the deity as:
“He of the singing reed, He of the sacred seed, Comes to assure the fertility And good fortune of our people”
Kokopelli has a past, present and will accelerate the future of the planet with the grace that he bestows. All about cannot be summed up in four revering lines. Let’s push the gear to the knowledge mode and learn something more about the famous God of Fertility – Native American Kokopelli.
1 What did the archeologists find?
The second half of August marks the celebration of Kokopelli by the Native Americans. Archaeological excavations have resulted in the discovery of rock inscriptions of this deity in the ancient ruins of Anasazi. The petroglyph ages to more than 3000 years old.
2 What did Kokopelli really mean?
Koko means wood and Pelli means hump (seed bag). It is heard that Kokopelli had the power to extract the heat of the earth and mankind. Many people today love Kokopelli as a legend. He is a very popular figure on posters, wallpapers, clothes, paintings, coats, caps, key chains, etc. He is also known as “The One Who Brings Joy”. The mystic traveled and spread joy and happiness with his music and good humor.
3 Myths around Kokopelli
The myths and legends about Kokopelli are plentiful in ancient pueblos. The most famous legends come from the Zuni and Hopi, from southwestern America, in New Mexico. Kokopelli symbolizes fertility. In the rock inscriptions, Kokopelli resembles more of an insect than a man.
4 What are the various imageries of Kokopelli?
Kokopelli has a varied image, just like the legends about him. He is generally described as a flute player who dances with a festive crest on his head; sometimes with exaggerated size male genitals. The images painted on ceramics are the prototype of modern restatements.
Kokopelli’s hump is sometimes depicted as an arch covering the entire back. Other times it covers only the lower half back. His arms are usually represented in a “V” shape with elbows pointing downward toward the ground. The forward leg is usually represented as a continuation of the hump line.
The flute is generally represented as a straight line, or pair of straight lines. Sometimes it is curved too. A uniform number of crest elements are usually found in Kokopelli’s head. In Pueblo culture, the festive crest represents the paired antennas (grasshopper), with which it is sometimes associated. When represented in the spirit world, it appears with feathers on its head. In other descriptions the crest on his head represents rays of light.
5 Native Americans and their outlook to Kokopelli
Kokopelli is revered even today, by the current descendants of Native Americans- the Hopi, Taos, and Acoma Pueblo peoples. He is truly one of the most intriguing images to have survived in an ancient native mythology. The deity is known for his joyous nature, and the ability to make people put out what they have.. He is charismatic, appearing in various tales of storytellers, actors, musicians, artists, and craftsmen. Some refer to him as a sage, a magician, a storyteller, a trickster, a healer, a teacher, a merchant, a God of the Harvest.
6 Varied faces of Kokopelli
Unanimity is in the power of fertility. Kokopelli ensures success in crops, growth, and human conception. It was very evocative at the time of planting corn, to ensure a good harvest. The Navajos consider him the God of Harvest and Abundance, the Zuni as the priest of the rain, and others as a spiritual guide with real healing power.
7 Kokopelli from the book of legends
An old legend tells that Kokopelli brings good luck and prosperity to anyone who listens to his songs. Kokopelli carries the purity and spirituality of music. His magic flute travels the village and spreads gifts to everyone he visits. His flute is a symbol of happiness and joy. His flute play has the power to let the sun appears, the snow melt, the grass grow, the bird sing, and all the animals to hear songs. His music has the power to choke the earth and leave it ready to receive its seed. The flute has the magic to stimulate creativity and help have good dreams.
8 What kind of life did Kokopelli lead?
Kokopelli’s name evokes many myths and legends. All stories agree on one common point: he played the Indian flute. It was often heard that his music brought fertility to the Earth and the People. The area where he was worshiped (from southern Mexico to the southern regions of Colorado), is marked by stones with the image of a hunchback flutist. His life was counted with colored inks around many Council Bonfires, and prayers in his praise were chanted in countless Kivas. Kokopelli show their body with a huge erection, symbol of their masculinity and fertility. His sees was revered sacred and that his lineage gave birth to children with special talents. Any woman collected by Kokopelli as a consort was honored in the bosom of her people, for she would beget a child belonging to the race of gods.
9 Kokopelli and his teachings
To have a better understand of Kokopelli’s teachings, there is a need to examine our own ideas of union with the divine. On approaching our life with confidence, we let go the skepticism and open space for our minds to become a fertile ground for evolution. The growth cycle allows us to hear the music of its own magic. Every creature living on Earth is magical. Each of us represents a unique creation of the Great Mystery. The moment we take on this Magic, we find our personal Healing Power. The healing power manifests itself through the correct use of our own gifts, talents, and abilities.
10 Mythology behind the curtain
Native American mythology tells that two ancient people-insects were injured when an eagle fired its arrows. They healed by playing their flutes and received the heat. These bugs resemble Kokopelli and his wife Kokopelli-mana.
11 Symbolism of flute
The flute is a symbol of powerful healing. Kokopelli is a divine minstrel. He wanders among the pueblos that play his flute. It is known to dispel sadness of people with their powerful tones. It is also capable of softening the rough and long winter bringing the heat.
12 What was the hunchback for?
The Hopi Indians believe that the hunchback is actually a bag of seeds. This bag contains seeds from all plants of the world. It goes from village to village and plays its melodious tones. Along with the tones, it disperses the seeds on the earth, thus bringing a new life to the world.
People also say that the hunchback was really a basket where it carried our problems and pushed them away. He has the wisdom of the ages. He was a cheerful traveler who has lessons for everything. The greatest lesson is that “we should not see life so seriously.”
Couples who could not have children often prayed to this deity for parenthood. It is regarded as the native divinity of fertility, growth, and communication.
13 What powers did the flute possess?
Legend has it that his flute could cast his power over animals and over land.
14 What does the phallus symbolize?
Kokopelli’s phallus symbolizes the fertile seeds of human reproduction. It usually projects upwards from the lower body and is sometimes represented only as a single line or arrow.
15 In the words of Jamie Sams
The famous author and spirituality practitioner Jamie Sams, told about Kokopelli in the Letters of the Sacred Way:
“Kokopelli was a spirited Toltec who came to Aztlan with the heart of Mexico. Aztlan was the place where the powerful Aztec nation originated before it built its capital in the middle of a lake, on an island known today as the Cida of Mexico.
We can find fertility in our lives through sincere searching, allowing our personal magic to express itself creatively and letting it flow through our Being, rather than blocking it.
Kokopelli lives playing his flute and weaving the magic of his songs, making us remember that magic is simply a personal change in our level of consciousness. If we want to plant seeds that fall into fertile ground, we must transform our view of the world, allowing our talents to express themselves more continuously.”