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Who or What is Kokopelli?



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Kokopelli © Judy Hedding

Kokopelli is one of the most intriguing and widespread images surviving from ancient Anasazi Indian mythology, and is a prominent figure in Hopi legends. The figure represents a mischievous trickster or the Minstrel, spirit of music. Kokopelli is considered a symbol of fertility who brought well-being to the people, assuring success in hunting, planting and growing crops, and human conception.

Kokopelli is a proper noun, so it should always be capitalized and used just like a name:

  • Correct: Kokopelli is a whimsical figure.
  • Incorrect: I saw a kokopellis on coffee mugs today.
Pronunciation: koh-koh-pell-ee.
Also Known As: Magical flute player, humpback or hump-backed flute player
Common Misspellings: Kokopeli
You can't really buy "an actual" Kokopelli, because he is a spirit. You can find Kokopelli on shirts, logos, and all kinds of products.

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