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Well, it seems I am getting
lessons in predators.
Shark Wisdom includes: (AS)
A God of the Sea
Guardian of the family
Ability to move constantly
Connection to past knowledge
Never being caught off guard
Ability to defend oneself
I will add as I discover. And please add whatever you may have.
Sharks are viewed stereotypically as dangerous. Singly, and
when they are not hungry, sharks
tend to be quite peaceful. They can be trained to do simple
tasks such as distinguishing certain
objects from others in the water, and the ringing of a bell
for a meal when in captivity. In large
groups however, they can become unpredictable and may frenzy.
In order to remain calm and
centered shark medicine people require time to themselves. If
they do not have time alone they
can become irritable, anxious and aggressive in their behavior.
Sharks have incredibly sensitive noses that can smell one drop
of blood in 50 million times as
much water. They can feel the pressure waves made by a struggling
fish and are sensitive to
electromagnetic currents. They teach those with this totem how
to develop and refine their own
sensory abilities. The study of aromatherapy would benefit those
with this medicine. The shark
has no swim bladder and must swim perpetually to keep from sinking
to the bottom. Water has
always been associated with emotional transformation. By observing
the sharks swimming
patterns we learn how to rise out of our emotional discord efficiently.
Sharks have been known to inspire great terror because they
have the power of the predator,
fearless and unpredictable. The shark offers the power of protection
to those who resonate to it.
When there is something in your life that you need to frighten
away call upon the shark to help
you. In the course of our learning we can attract events and
people that are disharmonious.
Working with shark medicine gives you the power and confidence
to drive off negative elements
or eliminate them completely.
It is somewhat astonishing that the old Hawaiians gave the same
name to both the tiger shark and
white shark: "Niuhi". Many shark species found in
Hawaiian waters were honored as being
sacred and were even considered reincarnations of dead family
members. The "Niuhi" were,
however, more feared than adored. Still, both species played
a role in local mythology. Legends
suggest that many kings living in the historical Hawaiian environment
acquired their premonition
of future events by consuming the eyes of the "Niuhi".
It is said that even the mother of the most
famous king of Hawaii, King Kamehameha (born around 1753 and
having died on May 8, 1819)
asked for "Niuhi" eyes during her pregnancy because
they supposedly would enhance the
leadership qualities of the future king she was carrying. Tiger
sharks were always considered a
very special shark species not only in the Pacific but also
in the Maldives, where they were
called "Femunu". (www.sharkinfo.ch Dr. Erich K. Ritter)
A shark following a ship is a death omen for one of the passengers.
Nail a sharks tail to the bow of a ship and you will ward off
The Kuna people live on the San Blas Islands off the northern
coast of Panama. They call their
territory "Kuna Yala," the land of the Kuna. Their
magnificent textiles called molas tell stories of
guardian shark spirits who protect fishermen, and dangerous
shark spirits who inspire fear and
respect. The molas are hand sewn in a reverse appliqué
technique using several layers of
differently colored cotton. (I have a really neat pic of one
of these embroidered hammerhead
sharks.) One Kuna legend tells the story of Uncle Sharka
sacred, but evil, spirit who can cause
great harm as he travels the sea in his silver boat. Calling
him "Uncle" reminds the Kuna people
of their belief in the close connection between the natural
and spiritual worlds.
Stone carvings of mythical sharks adorn ancient Maya temples
and other ruins. In Mayan
mythology, the xoc (pronounced shoke) was a terrible shark-monster
that haunted the coasts and
even swam into rivers.
The word "shark" likely entered the English language
after a British pirate spoke of man-eating
demon fish off the Yucatan coast, creatures which had devoured
most of his crew after their fleet
was attacked by Spanish forces. The local Mayan Indians called
these monsters "xoc."
(Monterey Bay Aquariam website)
Ampullae of Lorenzini - These small pits in the head detect
electricity. The shark has the greatest
electricity sensitivity known in all animals. This sense is
used to find prey hidden in sand in
bottom feeding sharks, by detecting the nerve impulses. It is
this sense that sometimes confuses a
shark into attacking a boat, when the metal interacts with the
Sharks generally reach sexual maturity slowly and produce very
few offspring in comparison to
other fishes that are harvested. This has caused concern among
biologists regarding the increase
in effort applied to catching sharks over time, and many species
are considered to be threatened.
Sharks figure prominently in the Hawaiian mythology
could change form between shark
and human at any time desired, and for any length. A common
theme in the stories was that the
shark men would warn beach goers that sharks were in the waters.
The beach goers would laugh
and ignore the warnings and go swimming, subsequently being
eaten by the same shark man who
warned them not to enter the water.
Hawaiian mythology also contained many shark gods. They believed
that sharks were guardians
of the sea, and called them Aumakua. In other Pacific Ocean
cultures, Dakuwanga was a shark
god who was the eater of lost souls. In ancient Greece, shark
flesh was forbidden to be eaten at
women's festivals. In Greek mythology, Cerberus saved Delia
from the stomach of a shark, fell
in love with her and became her protector.
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