Origins: The Twelve Totems of Israel

Shalom world! Welcome to, a blog created to facilitate the return of Ehveh (African Hebrew) women to the path of a correct relationship with the Creator of the Universe through the Torah. In African culture, a totem serves as an emblem or a symbol of a group of people such as a tribe, lineage, clan or family. The symbols carved into the totem such as an animal, plant or object of nature, serve as identifiers, attributes, and characteristics of a tribe, lineage, clan or family. Each of the Twelve Tribes of Israel descends from one of the twelve sons of our patriarch and ancestor, Ya’akov (Jacob). Genesis 49 tells how while on his deathbed, Ya’akov gathered his twelve sons and addressed them, describing each of them and what would befall them in the future. These descriptions became their totems which served as their tribal emblems/symbols or identifiers. This practice continues among their descendants in Africa to this day.

The following are the totems of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, along with their corresponding gemstones and constellations:

Tribe Totem Tribal Gemstone Constellation
 Reuben  Water  Sardius  Aquarius
 Simeon  Sword  Topaz  Gemini
 Levi  Heart  Emerald  Libra
 Judah  Lion  Carbuncle  Leo
 Issachar  Wild Ass  Sapphire  Taurus
 Zevulun  Fish  Diamond  Pisces
 Dan  Snake  Ligure  Scorpio-Ophiuchus
 Naphtali  Deer  Agate  Aries
 Gad  Warrior  Amethyst  Sagittarius
 Asher  Wheat/Bread  Beryl  Virgo
(Ephraim and Manasseh)
 Wild Colt  Onyx  Cancer
 Benjamin  Wolf  Jasper  Capricorn

This blog is dedicated to the restoration of the pre-Exilic Torah culture of the Ehveh people. By “pre-Exilic Torah culture, we mean the manner in which the Torah was originally interpreted and observed by the Ehveh (Hebrew) people, Nation of  Israel, prior to their dispersion during the Assyrian and Babylonian Exiles. Our people have never recovered from these tragedies. More tragedies followed us in exile which aimed to separate us from our Hebraic heritage including the Islamic Jihad and Trans-Saharan Trade, Transatlantic Slave Trade, Christian Missionizing of Africans and the Colonization of Africa. It is our hope that through this blog, and other efforts by those in our community to restore our heritage, that we will once again by the people that The Creator of the Universe intended us to be, a light to the nations. May this be soon and in our days!


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