A totem is a symbolic representation of an animal or group of animals in the form of a sculpture. There is a metaphysical and spiritual connection with this being and its ancestor, which is meant to protect a person or community.
Totem brings connection with ancestors and nature as divine beings. Each animal has a healing power, a type of knowledge or wisdom, and each human being, according to his or her personality, has his or her power animals or guides in the search for self-knowledge.
The word totem comes from "odoodem", which means "family mark" in the Ojibwe language of the Amerindians. Their image is seen as a talisman, ancestry, object of worship and protection since the beginning of human history, and they have been used in communities all over the world.
Here are some examples of meanings related to animals:
Bear - power, wisdom, constancy;
Wolf - ability to live in society, loyalty;
Fox - cunning;
Coyote - speed, resourcefulness, agility;
Owl - wisdom;
Snake - change, transformation, adaptability;
Eagle - vision, focus;
Turtle - perseverance, patience.
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