Yung’a Mana

January 27th, 2009 by sabrina

yunga-manaYung’a Mana is the Hopi Kachina of the Soyohim ceremony. She carries a basket filled with prickly pear and a pair of tongs to lift them out. Her mate, Yung’a, is the Kachina who is responsible for ensuring that the springs that come from the earth are kept clean, in anticipation of the growing season. Yung’a Mana’s name, which means “cactus maiden,” is also seen as Yuna Mana, Yunga Mana, Yunya Mana, and Navuk’china Mana.

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