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World FluteloreFolktales, Myths, and Other Stories of Magical Flute Power$
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Dale A. Olsen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037887

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037887.001.0001

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Flutes and Nature

Flutes and Nature

(p.93) Chapter 7 Flutes and Nature
World Flutelore

Dale A. Olsen

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses how flutes are used by humans for the fertility of animals, the growing and harvesting of crops, controlling weather, and metaphorically, such as riding the winds of longing. Animal and vegetal fertility are closely related in many cultures, and flutes are often the power intermediary between them and supernatural assurance for procreation and bountiful harvests. For example, among the Usarufa in New Guinea, pigs and plants are included in the same sentence when talking about the fertility power of their secret flutes. Among the Q'eros in the southern Peruvian Andes, a vertical notched flute known as pinkuyllu is played by men with singing by women during two animal fertility rituals, Aqhata Ukyachichis for male llamas and Phallchay for female llamas and alpacas.

Keywords:   flutes, animal fertility, harvesting crops, weather, Usarufa, New Guinea, Q'eros, Andes

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