Mountain Lion Zuni Fetish Meaning
What is the Mountain Lion Zuni Fetish Meaning? The Mountain Lion is the guardian and master of the North in Zuni culture. He is thought to be the most powerful hunter and appears in both hunting and healing directional sets of fetishes. In Zuni culture a fetish represents the animal spirit thought to reside in the stone. The Mountain Lion is endowed with peculiar powers of sight and smell. He is the older brother of the bear and represents leadership, resourcefulness, cunning and clarity, independence, spiritual intensity, intuition, fierce protectiveness and loyalty. It is carried by travelers to protect them on their journey and also carried by hunters to help ensure a successful hunt.
There are six sacred directions, each guarded by a prey god (North - Mountain Lion; West - Bear; South - Badger; East - Wolf; Above - Eagle; Below - Mole). 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.