My Surname is a Living Totem

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  1. Why you use the word ‘dung’ twice, isn’t once enough?
  2. Don’t you feel awkward carrying this weird surname with your name?
  3. Who chose this surname for you?
  4. Did you run out of good surnames?
  5. How do you deal with the teasing?
  6. Will you opt to change your surname if you get another chance?
  7. Can we use Dung2 ( Dung square) for your spelling instead of dungdung?
  1. I belong to a tribe called ‘Kharia’ who are primitive aborigines of India. We speak a language called kharia language. My surname ‘Dungdung’ in kharia language means freshwater Eel which is derived from one of the totems.
  2. A totem is a natural object or animal that is believed by a particular society, clan, family, tribe to have spiritiual significance and that is adopted by it as an emblem.
  3. In ancient times, the first animal, bird or thing our forefathers saw, they held it sacred and chose as their totems.Totems were worshipped and forbidden to be eaten. In my case, I cannot eat eels as it is considered sacred by whosoever shares my surname.
  4. Interestingly, it is believed one even derives the nature, qualities, weaknesses of the assigned totem. In my case, I’m believed to be swift,agile as an eel. Being slimy in nature, it’s impossible to catch hold of the eels— it stands true for the people sharing the same surname. Symbolically,it means it is difficult to understand the nature, personality of a person easily.
  5. Eels are shy in nature, avoid light and swiftly swim away to safe haven. These traits are seen in people bearing my surname.
  6. These folklores have come a long way and still stand true in some cases.

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An Educator, Writer, Constant Learner, Traveller, Music lover, and a Newbie in Medium. I'm here for my love for writing. https://poonam-afd126.medium.com