- noun , class(3)
- dialects: Karanga, Manyika, Zezuru
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 Masiziva Dzivaguru Mlambo Chuma (Tortoise) Machuma Hove (Fish) Muzvidziwa MaSiziba Gurajena Dziva Pakuru Gumbo (Leg) Chitova Magumbo Madyarapanze Hwai / Gwai (Sheep) Chuma Machuma Gumbi Mbizi / Tembo (Zebra) Dhuve Madhuve Mazvimbakupa Samaita Mhara (Antelope) Chikonamombe Mashayamombe Mhofu (Eland) Mhofu ye Mukono Mapofu Mufakose Nhuka Musiyamwa Sekemutema Shava Moyo (Heart) Chirandu Mamoyo Murozvi mukuru Dhewa Moyondizvo Ngara / Nungu / Chikandamiseve / Chikandamina (Porcupine) Chivasa Maposa Zimuto Nhewa / Ingwe (Leopard) Simboti Marozva Nhire / Gwizo / Chimaherani (Spring hare) Mugombi Vanhenga Matutu Mandlera Muwariwa Vhenya Nyati (Buffalo) Nzou / Zhou (Elephant) Samanyanga Chihoro Mhukahuru Musanha Shato (Python) Shiri / Hungwe (Fish Eagle) Nyoni Manyoni Chasura Hungwe Mawuruka Shumba (Lion) Nyamuzihwa Masivanda Murambwi Muzeketwa Tsiwo (Male genetalia) Gushungo Mangwenya Tsoko variant: shoko, soko (Monkey) Madyirapanze Mancube Murehwa Mukanya Makwiramiti Ncube
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