Song of the Rain Chant

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The Navajo ceremonies are called "Chants." This is a song from the "Water, or Rain, Chant." The Navajos tell of the Male-Rain and of the Female-Rain. The Male-Rain is the Storm, with thunder and lightning; The Female-Rain is the gentle shower. The two Rains meet on the mountains, and from their union springs all vegetation upon the earth. The Rain-Mountain is a distant mountain west of Zuni, and it is the home of the Rain-Youth, one of the divine Beings. The Rain-Youth made the rain-songs and gave them to the Navajos. This song tells of him with the rain feathers in his hair, coming with the rain, down from the Rain-Mountain, through the corn, amid the song of swallows chirping with joy of the rain, and through the pollen which covers him, so that the Rain-Youth himself is hidden, and only a mist is seen, The Navajos say that it is well to be covered with holy pollen, for such pollen is an emblem of peace.

Song of the Rain-Chant:

Far as man can see,
Through the pollen,
Comes the rain,
Through the pollen blest,
Comes the rain with me.
All in pollen hidden

Comes the rain,
From the Rain-Mount,
Comes the rain with me.
Rain-Mount far away,
Comes the rain,
Comes the rain with me.
Far as man can see

Comes the rain,
O'er the corn,
Comes the rain with me.
O'er the corn, tall corn,
Comes the rain,
Comes the rain with me.

`Mid the lightnings,
`Mid the lightning zigzag,
`Mid the lightning flashing,
Comes the rain,
Comes the rain with me.

`Mid the swallows.
`Mid the swallows blue
Chirping glad together,
Comes the rain,
Comes the rain with me.

From The Indians book; Recorded and Edited by Natalie Curtis, Pgs. 365,366.

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