Kokopelli

by M. Arjoca, vegetalshapes.com

KokopelliKokopelli is a fertility deity for Amerindian tribes of Hopi, Zuni and other pueblo tribes from south-west area of USA. His graphic representations founded on different rocks, are about a thousand years old. His image shows often a hunchbacked man, with a very large phallus, who wears feathers in his hair, plays a pipe and dances.
Kokopelli brings rain, makes the vegetation grow and sometimes his hunchback is supposed to be a bag with seeds. He gives these seeds to people for new crops.
The song of his pipe is magical and it is believed that when he comes in a village the women become pregnant because in his bag Kokopelli has children that are unborn yet. So, the maiden must step aside from his way.
Sometimes he is associated with an insect from Asilidae family. This insect has a remarkable sexual appetite.
The  Amerindians believe that the song of Kokopelli's pipe has special powers. It sends away the winter and brings back the spring. It is a symbol of fertility. Pipes with birds heads ornaments were used in love rituals because it was supposed that their songs have a great power. They were meant to make the desired girl fall in love and choose the man who plays.
Their power was so great that they were not very often used.
The pipe is magical not only in Amerindian culture, but also in other cultures around the world. No matter what form it has (pipe, flute, Pan’s pipe), it is supposed that the pipe and its songs have miraculous powers. It makes the vegetation grow, revives the dead people, tames the animals and sends away the bad spirits. You can communicate through it with the spirits from the other world, because through it the air and the sound, two elements of the sky world, combine themselves.
SeedsThe hunchback of Kokopelli is sometimes a bag full of seeds or unborn children. The resemblance with the belly of a pregnant woman, makes it a symbol of fertility.
The seed is a symbol of life itself. She needs all the elements of life to germinate. She needs soil, water, light and air. She means hope and continuity of life. The seed is a symbol of fertility, new life, new beginning, but it is also a symbol of continuity, food and prosperity.
With the help of a bean that germinates, Jack, the character from “Jack and the beanstalk” story, succeeds to climb up to the magical land of giants. With the help of an acorn that germinates in the tooth cavity of a giant, the hero from Romanian stories succeeds to get out from his mouth right on time.
The remarkable sexual potential of Kokopelli and his fertility power are emphasized by his oversized phallus.
The song of Kokopelli is powerful and brings rain. The rain is a “divine gift” in all cultures. She symbolizes the “divine seed” that fertilizes the Earth and makes it bear fruit.
Almost all people and especially those where the agriculture is very important, have magical rituals to cause rain. For example, the Romanians have the ritual of “Paparude”. The paparuda is a naked woman, wrapped only with green leaves and plant branches, who sings and dances in the night, when it is drought. She carries pots with water and if she meets other people she sprinkles them. Her song invokes the rain.
Back to Kokopelli, he is today a symbol of good mood, of music, joy, sexuality and fertility. His image is very popular in the south-west area of USA and you can see it as garden or house ornament, on clothes, souvenirs, tattoos or jewelry.
Kokopelli brings good luck and good mood.