Friday, July 13, 2007

Humpbacks Can Hump

SANTA FE, N.M. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A Native American rock art character called “Kokopelli” has a lot of mystery around it – especially in its hump.

That’s the symbolic story behind Kokopelli: The Magic, Mirth, and Mischief of an Ancient Symbol (Gibbs Smith), by Dennis Slifer, who says the flute-playing, humpbacked, fertility spirit may have originated from real-life men with deformities.

Slifer says, “Native American skeletons have been found with evidence of spinal tuberculosis which causes a humpback, and in some cases, a permanent erection.”

But the mystery remains a very hard problem to solve.

As he puts it, “It could be a man walking around with a hard-on all the time or it could be just a guy leaning over and dancing.”

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