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Horned Toad Zuni Fetish Meaning

Thursday, February 18, 2016 7:35 AM

I can't think of something that represents the Four Corners better than a Horned Toad. Fascinating creatures. What is the Horned Toad Zuni Fetish Meaning?

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Bobcat Zuni Fetish Meaning

Thursday, February 18, 2016 7:31 AM

The Bobcat is a Zuni prey god and is the elder brother of the Wolf and represents the southern direction in the hunting directional set. In Zuni culture a fetish represents the animal spirit thought to reside in the stone. Prey gods of the hunt are placed in a buckskin bag and carried by the hunter over his heart. The fetish aids in the chase and represents "the roar of the animal" and is also fed on the blood of the slain prey. It is believed that the hearts of the great animals of prey are infused with a spirit of magic over the hearts of the animals they prey upon. The prey gods are given high rank among the gods. Because of this, their fetishes are greatly esteemed as mediators between people and the animals they represent. What is the Bobcat Zuni Fetish Meaning?

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Badger Zuni Fetish Meaning

Thursday, February 18, 2016 7:27 AM

The Badger is the guardian and master of the South. In Zuni culture a fetish represents the animal spirit thought to reside in the stone. He is usually represented by the color red. He is part of the healing and protective fetish sets. The Badger is a prey god, the younger brother of the bear. What is the Badger Zuni Fetish Meaning? Because he lives close to the ground he has a great knowledge of the earth, understanding of agriculture, and it is believed that he has knowledge of healing roots and herbs. He is characterized by tenaciousness, passion, control, persistence and earthiness. He is aggressive and represents the ability to reach one's goals.

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Coyote Zuni Fetish Meaning

Thursday, February 18, 2016 7:24 AM

What is the Coyote Zuni Fetish Meaning? The Coyote is the Hunter God of the West. The Coyote represents laughter, humor and the ability to learn from ones own foolishness. He is a master trickster and characterized by arrogance and a sense of self-importance. These characteristics can teach us how our impulsive choices and self-centeredness fail us.

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Eagle Zuni Fetish Meaning

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 7:21 AM

What is the Eagle Zuni Fetish Meaning? The Eagle is the guardian and master or prey god of the Upper regions because he flies through the skies without tiring and his coat is speckled like the clouds.  He is the younger brother of the wolf and the older brother of the mole.  The Eagle is the messenger to the gods and his fetish represents power, balance, dignity, vision, higher truth and grace.  In Zuni culture a fetish represents the animal spirit thought to reside in the stone.  The eagle is found in both the healing and the hunter directional fetish sets.

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