Under the headline "It's not just about whips and leather," an article by Symon Hill in the UK paper the Guardian goes on to focus narrowly, one might say exclusively, on sexual fetishes...primarily those involving whips and leather. Hello, Mr. Hill, is there something you'd like to tell us?
While sexual fetishes get most of the attention (after all, they're sexy), fetishism isn't just about sex. Some of us have a fetish about grammar. And in older, more traditional cultures, fetishism is about spirituality — specifically about attributing magical or spiritual powers to objects, particularly those associated with animistic or shamanistic religious practices.
The Zuni tribe of the U.S. southwest is well known for its hand-carved animal fetishes, which have played an important role in Zuni culture for hundreds or even thousands of years. (These days the carvings are also a source of income for Zuni artisans.)
On International Fetish day, Divinipotent Daily will leave the bondage and discipline to others and instead will focus on the Zuni's beautiful work. In order, the images below represent a bear, a buffalo, a mountain lion, a fox, a mountain sheep and a wolf.
"After dark, all cats are leopards."
~ Zuni proverb