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Japan: Festival of the Steel Phallus

 
 
squinney
 
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Reply Sun 25 Mar, 2007 06:55 pm
Isn't it always?
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squinney
 
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Reply Sun 25 Mar, 2007 06:56 pm
Ahh, nimh "beat" me to it.
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 25 Mar, 2007 06:57 pm
Wow, you're both like lightning!
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Charli
 
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Reply Sun 25 Mar, 2007 07:43 pm
KOKOPELLI - Hopi Indian Culture


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Kokopelli is a fertility deity, usually depicted as a humpbacked flute player (often with a huge phallus and antenna-like protrusions on his head), who has been venerated by many 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.

Because of his influence over human sexuality, Kokopelli is often depicted with an inhumanly large phallus. Among the Ho-Chunk, this penis is detachable, and he sometimes leaves it in a river in order to have sex with girls who bathe there. Among the Hopi, Kokopelli carries unborn children on his back and distributes them to women (for this reason, young girls are often deathly afraid of 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.[1]

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), but this is a minority opinion.

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.

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.
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On the web site, there are a number of interesting pictures, drawings, links, etc.

Throughout Latin America the phallic symbol is used historically in various sculptures - and in multiples - to represent WAR!
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squinney
 
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Reply Sun 25 Mar, 2007 07:55 pm
We need one of these festivals in the streets of Boston. Could you "head" that up for us, littlek?
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 25 Mar, 2007 09:29 pm
First I'll prick up my ears to see if there's any interest.
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