I absolutely looooove being a MaDube. My totem is a zebra. The females who bear this totem are titled MaDube. The men who bear our totem are titled Samaita or Tembo. I would never trade my totem for any other. What is a totem?
A totem is a natural object or animal that is believed by a particular society to have spiritual significance and that is adopted by it as an emblem.
To be honest, I don’t have much information on the subject of totems so I will share the little bits I know. The last time I had to do this was way back in junior school when we were tasked to find out what our totems were and write up how the totem was “praised”. In our culture, we use totems as a form of identifying each other. For example, take a couple trying to get to know each other, one of the first few questions they ask is, “What’s your totem?”. Unfortunately if you bear the same totem chances are you can’t date because you will be “related”. (There goes the love of your life.)
Totems are used at different occasions:
- For greetings; Mamukasei MaDube? (Good morning MaDube)
- For praises when you excel at something. For example after you have cooked a meal for your family they will thank you using your totem. Maita basa MaDube. (Thank you MaDube)
- When you do a great deed, for example, taking care of your siblings school fees for the term. Maita basa Tembo mugare kure nemoto. (Thank you Tembo may you be protected and not fall into misfortune.)
- When you give your partner some mind blowing sex it takes them to another planet and back. After such an incredible experience your partner will thank you using praises of your totem. (Maita Tembo zvirambe zvakadaro) loosely translated to; Thank you Tembo may you continue to do the things that need to be done!
Fun Facts about MaDube
- They are short tempered. Trust me, I know, I’m a MaDube.
- They are known for being the best lay ever! (I wouldn’t know though, I’m a virgin)
- Zebras have very nice legs, no lies at all. Take another look at the picture above, then refer to the one at the bottom for confirmation. They have strong, toned and beautiful legs and so it is only natural that those who bear the totem are blessed in that department.
- If you are a MaDube feel free to add more fun facts…I’m all out.
That said, this blogging challenge has gotten the best of me and it’s only day 3. Today was a tough day and I nearly didn’t blog but I remembered that I am NOT a quitter and besides I initiated this challenge, who goes around letting people down like that?
If you have a totem do tell me about it. If you are a MaDube like me what are some of the things you have heard about our totem that you can completely relate to?