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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Totem Poles

There are two totem poles on Songhees point, one of which is pictured above. Oddly enough, whenever I see totem poles here lately I am reminded of South Korea, where I worked for a year some time ago. While moving around the country I several times saw collections of what at first glance appeared to be totem poles near the entrances to villages or small towns. The resemblance between these Korean poles and our local totem poles is striking though it is quite superficial. You can see many examples of the Korean poles HERE.


William Kendall said...

I always like seeing these. There are a number of them in the national capital, including one at Rideau Hall.

JoJo said...

Love totem poles.

Linda said...

So interesting! Did the idea come over from Korea in prehistoric times?

PinkPanthress said...

This one looks awesome!
We once had a Totem Pole in the middle of Cologne for a few weeks... I even photographed it with my smartphone... beau-ti-ful!

PS - Many Altaic people used to have Totems (Ongun for example) and/or ceremonial poles, which once became the norm after having used trees for ceremonies ...(in very early time). ;)