Friday, July 06, 2012
The Kokopelli Story by www.BearlandersTradingCo.com
The Kokopelli has become a well known and commonly used symbol and representation of the American Southwest. Today, wearing Kokopelli jewelry is a great way to share the kokopelli legend.
Legend has it that over a thousand years ago an Indian traveler moved throughout Central America trading goods with all the different inhabitants. This Indian traveler was known as Kokopelli. He travelled with his goods thrown across his back and when ever he approached a village he would pull out his flute and play a variety of songs he had learned. The children of the village would rush to greet there well liked visitor, most children loved to hear his music. Kokopelli was a good natured man, he loved to make the children laugh and he sang and played his flute to entertain the village people. He would stay a while in each village, trade the goods he had received from previous villages and then travel on to the next village.
Over the years, many villagers noticed soon after Kokopelli had left their village that many of the village women had become pregnant. Kokopelli travelled all around Central America and he had become quite well known. Not only was Kokopelli liked for his music, fun spirit and good nature but also for the high occurrence of village pregnancies. Now it isn’t known if the pregnancies were caused by Kokopelli or just a coincidence. Kokopelli was both revered and reviled in villages, as many women wanted children they enjoyed the visits of Kokopelli. But most young girls feared Kokopelli because of the superstition surrounding his visits to the village and the many pregnancies. Some young girls went so far as to say he carried babies in his back pack and that is why he is portrayed as being a humpback figure.
Over the centuries, Kokopelli has become the symbol of fun, frolic and fertility. His likeness has been etched into cave dwelling and now in modern times his likeness can be found crafted into jewelry and Native American art with items including paintings, statues and yard art.
So for those who enjoy fun, laughter and music you may enjoy the Kokopelli. And for women who wish to become pregnant or have a safe pregnancy, many keep a likeness of Kokopelli somewhere close by, in a jewelry pendant or piece of art.
Author, Tarl Michael