Avanyu, Santa Clara Pueblo (unsigned)

$650.00

Avanyu, Santa Clara Pueblo (unsigned)

2.75″ x 7.5″

The Avanyu symbol is one of the many snake-like deities that figure in the mythology of some Native American tribes, notably the Pueblo.

The Avanyu symbol represented a benevolent but fearful creature. The meaning of the Avanyu symbol is the storm bringer and connected with lightning, thunderstorms and the guardian of water. The Avanyu was also revered as the changer of seasons and the bringer of sudden and sometimes violent change. The symbol of the Avanyu deity is represented by a horned serpent. The zigzag and meandering curves of the serpent or snake are suggestive of flowing water or the zig-zag of lightning. In some tribes Avanyu is believed to be a companion to the Kokopelli. Spiral symbols mimic the coiled serpent, like the Avanyu, representing the underlying mystery that people have felt towards the snake and the serpent and their place in mythology. Antlers and horns signified spiritual power, especially when applied to animals that did not ordinarily have them such as birds and snakes (serpents).

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