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A Navajo Thunder Song

The song below is part of a Navajo chant for thunder, which brings rain. The Navajo sang the song during the Mountain Chant Ceremony.

    Twelfth Song of the Thunder
    from the Navajo
    (translated by Dr. Washington Matthews, 1887)

    The voice that beautifies the land!
    The voice above,
    The voice of the thunder.
    Within the dark cloud
    Again and again it sounds,
    The voice that beautifies the land.

    The voice that beautifies the land!
    The voice below:
    The voice of the grasshopper.
    Among the plants
    Again and again it sounds,
    The voice that beautifies the land.


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