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Kachina Dolls : Foram and Function in Hopi Tithu (Plateau, Volume 54, Number 4)
Kachina Dolls Foram and Function in Hopi Tithu - Plateau, Volume 54, Number 4 Author:Robert Breunig, Michael Lomatuway'ma The Hopi Indian people live in a series of pueblo villages in the rugged and arid high mesa country of northeastern Arizona. The traditional religious system of the Hopi reflects their dependence upon and sensitivity to the precarious nature of their subsistence agriculture. Over the years, the Hopi have developed a set of annual ceremonies that... more » emphasize the fertility, germination, growth and maturity of their crops. All of these ceremonies, which are conducted by a number of ceremonial groups or societies, focus on the everpresent need for rain.
The kachina ceremonies reflect the traditional Hopi view of their universe which is divided into two realms: the upper world of the living and the lower world of spirits.
The present volume provides an overview and introduction to the kachina ceremonies, illustrated with examples of kachinas important in the Hopi world view.« less