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the Kachinas await...


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kachina (ke-chne), among PUEBLO peoples, the spirit of the life forces. Elaborately costumed tribesmen, impersonating kachinas, visit Pueblo villages early in the year. They internal linkdance, sing, and give gifts to children. Dolls that the internal linkHopi and internal linkZUI carve and dress like the dancers are also called kachinas.


kachina (ke-chne) noun
1. Any of numerous deified ancestral spirits of the Pueblo peoples, believed to reside in the pueblo for part of each year.
2. A masked dancer believed to embody a particular spirit during a religious ceremony.
3. A carved doll in the costume of a particular spirit, usually presented as a gift to a child.
[Hopi katsina, internal linksupernatural being, masked impersonator of a supernatural being.]

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The end of all Hopi ceremonialism will come when a "Kachina" removes his mask during a dance in the plaza before uninitiated children [the general public]. For a while there will be no more ceremonies, no more faith. Then Oraibi will be rejuvenated with its faith and ceremonies, marking the start of a new cycle of Hopi life.

 - The Hopi Prophecies

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The very same kachina doll sits today on the mantle in internal linkOscar Janiger's living room, under a particularly stunning framed pair of before-and-after renderings of it. Painted by Fortune illustrator Frank Murdoch, the picture on the left is of draftsmanlike quality, a perfect "representational" image. Its internal linkacid-inspired twin couldn't be more different - awhirl with color and asplash with motion, its planes and curves lurching in multiple directions. But it is recognizably the same kachina doll. And if anything, its colors more accurately capture the doll's brilliant hues. (Janiger has saved all the pieces from the study, consistently declining offers from the artists to buy back their work. Several years ago, he mounted a successful gallery exhibition of the acid art.)

- John Whalen - Multidisciplinary Association for internal linkPsychedelic Studies

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kachina 51
internal linkkachina 51
4300-4398 N 18th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
Latitude: 33.498397
Longitude: -112.043300
Elevation: 348.87 meters

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The internal linkHopi believe Kachinas (Kat'sinas) are the spirits of nature and the messengers and teachers sent by the Great Spirit. The internal linkSumerians believed KAT.SI.NA were righteous ones sent of God.

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internal linkCydonia   internal linkSunrise - a flavor of internal linktea by internal linkShaman Products - obtained at the Bodhi Tree Used Books on Melrose, internal linkLos Angeles, California.  package depicts Kachina
Cydonia Sunrise tea

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Early morning Kachina Spirit Of The Sun God Kachina - Yellow Corn Maiden
Eagle Kachina Left Handed Hunter

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first mention of Kachina in internal linkUsenet:

From: Bob Ollerton (bobbyo@celerity.UUCP)
Subject: Cal's dog spot eats Tex's bull and spits on eazy-credit.
Newsgroups: net.rumor
Date: 1985-04-28 15:31:30 PST

Ya, Tex heart-burn had it down to a science way before Cal came to internal linkphoenix.  Tex would even give you your choice of a shot gun, cowbow hat, or 1000 pounds of fertilizer (good ol' Arizona bull...) for every car, truck, or kachina doll purchased by man or beast.

Watching ol' Tex was real good internal linkentertainment while growing up in Eloy.  Not much else to do bu admire the bull.

Bob Ollerton; Celerity Computing;
9692 Via Excelencia; San Diego, Ca 92126; (619) 271 9940
{decvax || ucbvax || ihnp4}!sdcsvax!celerity!bobbyo

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