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From time to time I can see a connection between human personality and characteristics of an animal. Sometimes a certain person I meet reminds me strongly in appearance and behavior of an animal. I must say that I get this feeling mostly with strangers or people I don't really get close with.
This is not something that happen accidentally. In many cultures every family and person has his/hers own totem - a guardian animal that was considered sacred and symbolic. In some cases it is believed that the totem animal is the grand ancestor of the family. In all these believes the one that protect the family is not just an animal, it is a magical creature. For example, if it is a bear it would be the first bear ever. In this case the family would consider all bears as blood relatives.
Nowadays in the Western civilization we kind of believe in the horoscopes, based on the shapes and the movement of the stars. Some zodiac signs are personalized by animals - cancer, lion, fish and others. As we all know, this belief is based not on our family history, but in our date of birth and it is in a way more personal. Or not, if you think about the fact that you share the same fate with all the millions on the earth born on that day.
The connection I mean by seeing is actually more like impression. Sometimes you meet someone and in a flash you see the characteristics of a certain animal. It is something that sticks, and for me in most cases stays in the whole period of communication with a person. One can see how the ancients saw the connection personality-animal and that there certainly what to think about.
Can be seen a totem on someone's face? Is it in the end a personal more than a family thing? What animal do you feel connected to?