Rain God of the South

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As deputy to Sayatasha, the Rain God of the North, and one of the members of the Zuni Council of the Gods, Hututu is often associated with the gentle, misting rains of the south. The Council of the Gods is a group of spiritual figures, personified by carefully trained Zuni dancers during the Shalako winter ceremonies. The council’s figures wear large and colorful masks that can appear intimidating, but in fact are perceived as sacred spiritual guides and protectors. If the man personifying Hututu serves in tribal government, it is expected that he will refrain from all arguments, controversy and disputes.

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"Hututu (behind Sayatasha and two attendants) in the white buckskin suit" by anne.sakurai is licensed under Public Domain.

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