Nzou mutupo pana vanhu, paseri ava machikichori.

Word definitions

mutupo: totem animal, which one abstains from eating

machikichori: pleasant tasting food


Elephant meat is taboo in public, but delicious meat in private.


The ‘mutupo’ system is an important source of ancestral and family history in Zimbabwe. The Shona are a cultural group native to Zimbabwe that became divided into a number of clans. The clans are represented by the various totems.

See post I wrote titled Mitupo nezvidao| 6 interesting things about Shona totems, praise names and poetry.


Sometimes people publicly display behavior that suggests they have higher standards, contrary to what they do in private.