Kokopelli is an ancient character- a hunchbacked, dancing flute player whose oldest manifestation is found on on prehistoric American rock carvings. The origins of the figure are a mystery, and he figures in many Native American stories, where his age and role vary. He is generally believed to have been a fertility symbol, often depicted as a phallic character, carrying a pouch of seeds, or wearing antlers. Kokopelli symbols often appear in the context of rain, pregnancy, prosperity, and marriage.

Kokopelli is a Hopi word meaning (roughly) wooden-backed; most of the familiar depictions of Kokopelli are copied from Hopi art, which in turn is derived from ancient Anasazi glyphs.  The figure is usually displayed hunchbacked, with an erect phallus and a flute.  Older versions are antlered, while later iterations have flying hair.

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June 26, 2012 at 10:52 pm


Margie Milne December 18, 2017 at 3:20 am

I would love to make a quilt with your Kokopelli figures, how can I get the designs cheers Margie

Larry Summers March 6, 2017 at 3:58 am

This symbol seems remarkable similar to Pan, with some overlap in meaning and purpose

Anonymous July 26, 2017 at 12:58 pm

Exactly was I was thinking… seems like is strangely related to pan… which is sometimes related to baphomet

Anonymous September 6, 2017 at 4:18 pm

Baphomet is a very young symbol by comparison.

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