Chasing away the winter and welcoming the Spring, with a 7-Up!

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Here’s a rather apt symbolic welcome for the coming season…!

I stumbled across a blog that featured a recognizable character – ‘Kokopelli’.

“Kokopelli is a prehistoric deity depicted hundreds of times in rock art – some of it thousands of years old, located in numerous sites throughout the southwestern United States’ deserts and mountains. This mythic being has survived in recognizable form from the Anasazi* times to the present.

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*The Anasazi (“Ancient Ones”), thought to be ancestors of the modern Pueblo Indians, inhabited the Four Corners country of southern Utah, southwestern Colorado, northwestern New Mexico, and northern Arizona from about A.D. 200 to A.D. 1300.800px-Petroglyphs,_Mortendad_CaveKokopelli_NWS

It is widely believed that the Kokopelli was a fertility symbol, roving minstrel or trader, rain priest, hunting magician, trickster and seducer of maidens. Some legends suggest that Kokopelli was primarily a ‘long distance runner’ that traveled throughout Mexico, the west coast, the southwest, and possibly even as far as Australia, Peru, Indonesia, Europe and Africa. No matter what form or how complete our understanding of his history, Kokopelli still brings wonder to our lives.

Most images depict Kokopelli with a hunched back and playing a flute, however Trail Runner Nation has recently discovered that the TRUE form of Kokopelli that stands erect and running.”

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Having looked into this further – erm… Wikipedia! 😉

There have been records of this character having been celebrated throughout history, from the rising of the moon to the changing seasons. The funny thing about this is that my wife used to have this character painted on her bedroom wall, as a student. It was featured on her wall, at the time, more as a cultural and artistic expression, rather than the more worrying ‘fertile boudoir’ aspect!!!! O_O  Unknown to us both, he was going to come back and this time, haunt my wife in the form of ‘ultra running!’ 😉

I also can’t help but think of another ‘infamous’ character from my past, when looking at this ancient art form… …does anyone remember this character…? Fido Dido!?! 🙂

References taken from:

© http://trailrunnernation.com/?s=Pink+buff

http://historytogo.utah.gov/utah_chapters/american_indians/anasazi.html

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