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Squirrel Zuni Fetish Meaning

Monday, February 22, 2016 8:53 AM

What is the Squirrel Zuni Fetish Meaning? Squirrels are known for planning for the future and storing away things for a day when there is need for them. Fetishes play an important role in Zuni culture, and if you have a squirrel in your collection you may wonder what it represents. The squirrel embodies natural intelligence, saving, and the protection of reserves. He represents the ability to plan ahead and is very industrious.

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Armadillo Zuni Fetish Meaning

Monday, February 22, 2016 8:31 AM

In the Zuni culture fetishes play an important role. In Zuni culture a fetish represents the animal spirit thought to reside in the stone. If your collection includes an armadillo you may wonder what it represents. What is the Armadillo Zuni Fetish Meaning? The armadillo is slow and sure. Because he is reserved, he takes his time and does things right. He is keeper of the home and represents variety in a person's inner life. The armadillo’s leathery armor-like hide helps to protect them from predators. This thick skin represents his ability to offer protection from hurts and offenses.

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Spider Zuni Fetish Meaning

Monday, February 22, 2016 8:28 AM

What is the Spider Zuni Fetish Meaning? Fetishes play an important role in Zuni culture. Whether you are a collector of fetishes, or wanting to simply understand the culture better, you may wonder what certain fetishes mean. In this case, let's discuss the Spider. Generally the Spider represents creativity and is considered the weaver of the fabric of life. It is not a traditional Zuni fetish but may have gained popularity through trade with other tribes and the demands of collectors.

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Lizard Zuni Fetish Meaning

Friday, February 19, 2016 8:22 AM

If you are a collector of Zuni fetishes you may have a lizard in your collection. Fetishes are an important part of Zuni culture and represent the spirit that is believed to reside within the stone. What is the lizard Zuni Fetish Meaning? It can represent agility and conversation.

Animals such as beaver, lizards and horned toads, while often part of Zuni mythology, are not generally "fetish" animals in the same sense that other animals that are considered prey gods (wolf, mountain lion,eagle, mole, etc) or protection gods (wolf, badger, mole, bear, etc) are, or animals that represent healing or fertility. Their images are not usually kept to provide a specific benefit or blessing to their owner.

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Rabbit Zuni Fetish Meaning

Friday, February 19, 2016 8:15 AM

If you collect Zuni fetishes, you may have a rabbit in your collection. Rabbits are not, however, traditional fetishes in Zuni culture. They have become popular through trade with other tribes and requests of collectors. In Zuni culture a fetish represents the animal spirit thought to reside in the stone. What is the Rabbit Zuni Fetish meaning? Because the rabbit is usually prey for other animals it may represents facing one's fears. Rabbits are also known for their abundant procreation and therefore can be associated with fertility and birthing.

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