Saturday, 24 September 2011

Korosta Katzina Song - Anonymous (Hopi Indian)

              Yellow butterflies,
Over the blossoming virgin corn,
              With pollen-painted faces
Chase one another in brilliant throng.

              Blue butterflies,
Over the blossoming virgin beans,
              With pollen-painted faces
Chase one another in brilliant streams.

              Over the blossoming corn,
              Over the virgin corn,
Wild bees hum;
              Over the blossoming beans,
              Over the virgin beans,
Wild bees hum.

Over your field of growing corn
              All day shall hang the thunder-cloud;
Over your field of growing corn
              All day shall come the rushing rain.

From the Hopi corn-planting dance, with Kachinas wearing rainbow masks
in: George W. Cronyn (1918) The Path on the Rainbow

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