totemic animal

totemic animal

Also known as a guardian spirit, power animal, tutelary spirit, or familiar, this is a spirit who protects a shaman from illness and unfriendly forces.
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Every Shona and Venda had a totemic group to which they belonged and a totemic animal they identified themselves with, vindicating Gelfand's observation that African faith is characteristically identified with nature, and it is closely linked with the surrounding environment (1968, 7).
The totemic animal has a taboo attached to it or to part of its carcass such that the totem-bearer is forbidden to eat it.
Any animal can be killed for as long as it fetches a good price on the market, despite that it may be the poacher's totemic animal.
As Durkheim long ago perceived Aboriginal practice does not make the totemic animal sacred, but only objects like sacred boards and other things that stand for the totemic ancestors, which are at the centre of religious life.
The wild goats must have been a totemic animal with ritual significance for the people at the time.
The apposite totemic animal here is neither the hare nor the tortoise, but rather the fox.
Only one painting of a coiled snake (a common totemic animal species from the Western and Central islands, see Haddon & Rivers 1904) has been documented from Torres Strait rock art (Mua in the mid-Western islands) (Figure 3).
The most inclusive animal totems were shared by a number of men constituting the following of a set of a duvahe and resident on land considered the domain of the particular totemic animal historically.
There were no visions, no prophetic voice or visits by totemic animals, just this blazing everywhere.
She continues, "There were no visions, no prophetic voices or visits by totemic animals, just this blazing everywhere.
Dashi's world, populated by warriors and horsemen, Buddhist lama priests and Siberian shamans, totemic animals and mythological creatures, is traditional by its roots, but at the same time very modern by its world outlook and mentality.
Among them were shamans held in high esteem, to judge from their prominence in mortuary-related proceedings, and clans identified by totemic animals.