Kokopelli Tattoo Designs, Ideas and Pictures
A lot of people recognize the name Kokopelli, but are not really sure what it is. Kokopelli is a glyph-like drawing of a man with his hair standing up playing a flute, done by many Native American tribes in the Southwest. He can be shown as a stick figure or clothed in Native American dress. Often depicted as hunchbacked, Kokopelli is still worshipped by many Native American tribes in the Southwest today. Legend states that the hunch on Kokopelli is a bag of seeds, babies, and music.
The Kokopelli image comes from ancient petroglyphs from over 3,000 years ago found carved into boulders, walls of rock, and pottery throughout the southwest region of North America. Many Southwestern Native American cultures have some sort of variety of the Kokopelli god.
Legend has it that the Kokopelli legend originates from the Anasazi Native American tribe’s fertility god. Kokopelli looks over both human fertility and the fertility of agriculture and animals, particularly water and sun-loving animals. Kokopelli is also known as the “love” god.
The legend states that Kokopelli brought about the change of seasons by playing different songs on his flute. He is known to chase winter away and bring on the spring. Kokopelli is also known as a trickster and a prankster, and also a healer. He is even known as a good story teller. As a flute player, Kokopelli is also known as a musician.
The power of the Kokopelli is thought to be very immense by those who believe. Many Pueblos have drawn the Kokopelli as coming to different villages and dropping off babies, very similar to the Western idea of the stork. Wedding ceremonies were decorated with Kokopelli designs as a way to express hope of fertility for the new couple.
To be respectful of Native American culture, you should fully understand what the Kokopelli symbol stands for, and only include it with other respectful images. Putting the Kokopelli with a demon skull would be an insult to Native Americans.
If you are looking for a unique tattoo, a Kokopelli tattoo design might be right for you. Kokopelli is a positive figure who brings both abundance and enjoyment of life to those who believe in him. Kokopelli represents many things, including renewal, fertility, and hope. A Kokopelli tattoo design is a very spiritual and meaningful tattoo.
If you are a musician, someone who has Native American in their blood, or a person who really gets what the Kokopelli stands for, choosing a Kokopelli tattoo might just be the right tattoo design for you.
If you are seriously considering getting a tattoo, we suggest you take a look at a site such as Chopper Tattoo. They have the largest selection of high quality, award winning tattoo designs that you can print out and bring to your local tattoo artist. Here is a small gallery of pictures of Kokopelli tattoo designs:
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