According to Hopi Indian legend, Kokopeli (the flute player and traveling prankster)
was the symbol of happiness, joy, and fertility.
He would visit villages playing his flute, carrying seeds in his backpack (the "hump" he is pictured as having).
Everyone would sing and dance through the night. Then, while the people slept, Kokopeli would roam the corn fields, playing his flute.
The next morning the people would awake to find the corn almost full grown and Kokopeli gone, and many of the young women of the village pregnant.
One legend has it that he is responsible for the end of winter and the coming of spring. When, the story goes, Kokopeli comes playing his flute, the sun comes out, the snow melts, the green grass grows, the birds begin to sing, and all the animals gather around to hear his songs.
注:韓網與Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia對它的名字寫法有點不一樣.
Kokopelli is a fertility deity, usually depicted as a humpbacked flute player (often with a huge phallus and feathers or antenna-like protrusions on his head), who has been venerated by some Native American cultures in the Southwestern United States. Like most fertility deities, Kokopelli presides over both childbirth and agriculture. He is also a trickster god and represents the spirit of music.
Kokopelli 位於博萊附近土地Embudo ，新墨西哥的石上剪影
Among the Hopi, Kokopelli carries unborn children on his back and distributes them to women (for this reason, young girls often fear him). He often takes part in rituals relating to marriage, and Kokopelli himself is sometimes depicted with a consort, a woman called Kokopelmana by the Hohokam and Hopi.
在HOPI， Kokopelli攜帶未出生的孩子在他的背後，並分配給婦女（由於這個原因，年輕女孩往往很怕他） 。他經常參加有關婚姻儀式，Kokopelli有時會和自己的配偶相互協調，Hohokam和HOPI稱呼它的配偶為Kokopelmana。
Kokopelli also presides over the reproduction of game animals, and for this reason, he is often depicted with animal companions such as rams and deer. Other common creatures associated with him include sun-bathing animals such as snakes, or water-loving animals like lizards and insects. Because of this, some scholars believe that Kokopelli's flute is actually a blowgun (or started out as one). Alternatively, the "flute" may actually be a pipe for smoking tobacco in a sacred ceremony, or some other device entirely.
正因為如此，一些學者認為， Kokopelli的笛子實際上是一個災難顯示槍 （或已經開始作為一個顯示的器材） 。另外， “長笛”實際上可能是在一個神聖的儀式上,抽吸煙草的煙斗，或其他一些設備完全的器皿。
位於亞利桑那州,佛得角陣營(Camp Verde, Arizona),世界上最大體型的Kokopelli(World's Largest Kokopelli)
In his domain over agriculture, Kokopelli's fluteplaying chases away the Winter and brings about Spring. Many tribes, such as the Zuni, also associate Kokopelli with the rains. He frequently appears with Paiyatamu, another flautist, in depictions of maize-grinding ceremonies. Some tribes say he carries seeds and babies on his back.
在它的農業領域裡， Kokopelli的長笛吹奏,可以驅趕冬天,還可以帶來了春天。許多部落，如ZUNI，也把Kokopelli等同於暴雨。它與另一長笛手Paiyatamu ，經常一起出現在描述玉米磨儀式的過程中。有些部落說，它會攜帶種子和嬰兒在它的背後。
In recent years, the emasculated version of Kokopelli has been adopted as a broader symbol of the Southwestern United States as a whole. His image adorns countless items such as T-shirts, ball caps, and keychains. A bicycle trail between Grand Junction, Colorado, and Moab, Utah, is now known as the Kokopelli Trail.
近年來，閹割版的Kokopelli獲得通過，，美國西南部作為一個整體,成為更廣泛的象徵。它的形象裝飾無數的物品，如T卹，球帽，和鑰匙扣。介於，科羅拉多州，和莫阿布，猶他爵士(Grand Junction, Colorado, and Moab, Utah)的一條自行車步道之間的連接點,現已更名為Kokopelli徑。
Kokopelli has been worshipped since at least the time of the Ancient Pueblo Peoples. The first known images of him appear on Hohokam pottery dated to sometime between AD 750 and AD 850.
Kokopelli在過去的一段時間裡,一直以來都是被古普韋布洛人民所崇拜著的。於某個月,至公元750和AD 850之間, 首次發現它的形象出現於Hohokam的陶器上 。
Another theory is that Kokopelli is actually an anthropomorphic insect. Many of the earliest depictions of Kokopelli make him very insect-like in appearance. The name "Kokopelli" may be a combination of "Koko", another Hopi and Zuni deity, and "pelli", the Hopi and Zuni word for the desert robber fly, an insect with a prominent proboscis and a rounded back.
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