(Solved) What Is The Purpose Of The Hopi Snake Dance?

The bodies of the dancers in both clans are strangely painted 🔥 Their bodies are bare from the waist up, and their faces are painted black, except for their white foreheads 😎 They also have white paint on their forearms and their lower legs 😁 Their long black hair is adorned with a cluster eagle feathers. Some men also wear silver or turquoise necklaces. They all wear dark, earthy kilsts with colorful bands around their bottoms. The waist is covered by a rain sash, a finely knit rain fabric. A pair of tortoiseshell rattles is fastened to their right knee and dark brown moccasins. [1]
The ritual is called the Snake-Antelope Ceremony because it involves both the Snake society ( Tsuutsu’t) and the Antelope society ( Tsöötsöpt)—note the phonetic similarity of the two terms. The Antelope priests build an altar using a mandala-like, sand-mosaic-shaped kiva. It is usually 30 inches in size (76.2 cm), and has an east-facing effigy, as well as four different coloured snakes on the sides. It is a solitary piece. Colours of the sand correspond to the four types of corn and the four directions: Yellow/northwest; green/or blue/southwest; red/southeast; white/northeast. You can also see four zigzag lightningsnakes in the mosaic. They are each created with their symbolic colourr, and each have a triangular heads and curved horns on either side. Deanza Hughes, Guntur (India) last revised this image 54 days ago. [2]
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Each carrier makes his circle and then six lines of radial are added to the cornmeal. These represent the inter-cardinal directions, the zenith/nadir and the radius. After the snakes have been gathered, the women will place the cornmeal on the cornmeal and then pour it on top. Finally, the snakes are gathered and carried to their respective directions with prayers and blessings for rain and good harvest. Snake dancers end the ceremony by inhaling an emetic which causes them to vomit at the edges of the mesa. An enormous feast follows to mark the success of the rain-making ritual and its crop-engendering. Last edited 77 days earlier by Thomasine Reyes, Loum Cameroon. [3]
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