- noun ,
Animals, or (animal) body organs believed to be sacred to family, clan, or lineage.
Totems should not be consciously consumed by a member of the clan. Sexual relations between persons of the same totems is forbidden, since they share a common ancestor.
Totems also serve as an account of a lineage's history and character. For example, the Moyo (heart) totem people are known for the Rozvi Empire they built, their kindness, and bravery.
List of Shona Totems:
Totem Male Praise name Female Praise name Bepe (Lung) Dziva (Pool) Chuma (Tortoise) Hove (Fish) Gumbo (Leg) Magumbo Mbizi/Tembo (Zebra) Dhuve Madhuve Mazvimbakupa Mhara (antelope) Chikonamombe Mhofu/Mhofu ye Mukono/Musiyamwa/Shava (Eland) Moyo (Heart) Moyondizvo Mamoyo Murozvi mukuru Dhewa Ngara (Sheep) Nyati (Buffalo) Nzou (Elephant) Shato (Python) Shiri / Hungwe (Fish Eagle) Shumba (Lion) Nyamuzihwa Masivanda Murambwe Tsiwo (Male genetalia) Gushungo Tsoko variant: shoko, soko (Monkey) Murehwa
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- English translation
Noun example: mutupo
|angu mutupo wangu||my my totem|
|ako mutupo wako||your your totem|
|ake mutupo wake||his/her his/her totem|
|edu mutupo wedu||our our totem|
|enyu mutupo wenyu||your (plural/respectful) your totem|
|avo mutupo wavo||their their totem|