Rabbit Zuni Fetish Meaning
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.
It is believed that fetishes require a meal of cornmeal and ground turquoise occasionally.. Fetishes may be kept in a clay pot as it is the tradition. However, collectors usually like to keep theirs somewhere where they can be admired and enjoyed. The contemporary fetish may carry an offering of a smaller animal or a prayer bundle. It may be adorned with a heishe ( small disc- or tube-shaped beads made of organic shells or ground and polished stones) necklace, feathers, etchings representing ancient petroglyphs, or an etched or inlaid heartline. These small items, although colorful to the eye, are intended to protect and feed the fetish itself.