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Animal Totems

The word totem is commonly defined as a symbol-an animal, plant or mineral-that represents a greater idea.  The term originates from Twa people, the original inhabitants of Turtle Island (North American ), and comes from a word that means " my family or kinship".  Therefore a totem signifies a familial connection or bond which an animal or plant represents.

The original people of Central Africa, the Bambutu have a similar idea as the totem in which snakes, apes, antelopes, leopards and cheetahs are considered to be part of their family not just a projection of thought but themselves in another form.

 

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