Ashamba haa nokerwi.Shona proverb
- 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/Mbedzi (Pool) Chidzivachepo Dzivaguru Chuma (Tortoise) Hove (Fish) Gumbo (Leg) Magumbo Mbizi/Tembo (Zebra) Dhuve Madhuve Mazvimbakupa Samaita Mhara (antelope) Chikonamombe Mashayamombe Mhofu (Eland) Mhofu ye Mukono Mufakose Musiyamwa Sekemutema Shava Moyo (Heart) Moyondizvo Mamoyo Murozvi mukuru Dhewa Ngara/Nungu/Chikandamiseve/Chikandamina (Porcupine) Chivasa Maposa Zimuto Nhewa/Ingwe (Leopard) Simboti Marozva Nhire/Gwizo (Spring hare) Nyati (Buffalo) Nzou/Zhou (Elephant) Shato (Python) Shiri / Hungwe (Fish Eagle) Shumba (Lion) Nyamuzihwa Masivanda Murambwe Tsiwo (Male genetalia) Gushungo Tsoko variant: shoko, soko (Monkey) Madyirapanze Murehwa
** The list is not complete. Please contact us to add more totems to the list. You can also expand our definition. Thank you.
- English translation
Noun example: mutupo
|mutupo wangu||my totem|
|mutupo wako||your totem|
|mutupo wake||his/her totem|
|mutupo wedu||our totem|
|mutupo wenyu||your totem|
|mutupo wavo||their totem|