Payakyamu, like other sacred clowns, are a combination of jester, priest and shaman who act out specific humorous scenes to demonstrate improper behavior. The fathers of all the katsinam, they inhabit both the underworld and the upperworld and serve as interpreters between the two worlds. They travel across rooftops as they enter Hopi villages. They are easily identified by their yellow faces and bodies and the red stripes on their faces. The stripes on their eyes symbolize the sun rising over the eastern horizon. (45-25-10/28888, 45-25-10/28873, 45-25-10/28887)

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