The Malu (“Malo” = “little”) is the name for a small piece of flesh. It is most often found around the neck (or belly button), but is found all over the body, including the head (and usually the hands, feet and legs). It is a thin, whiteish or slightly darkish brown and is often seen when in young animals. It is a natural part of the skin and hair covering the body of small animals.
The name means “bejeweled” and is commonly associated with the color, but can also be derived from the Latin word “malus” (little).
Why is the Malu important?
It has been used across the globe by the indigenous people of Europe, Russia and China, as well as many western cultures over the centuries, to represent a very human attribute, courage, and the qualities of “humanness” that most people strive for and are most impressed with by others. It is important to remember that what is considered to be beautiful, beautiful is what is admired or even “desired” by others; thus, the Malu is one of many human-shaped pieces that have been placed on a human body.
History of the Malu
The Malu was traditionally considered a sacred animal and was worshipped as a goddess in many cultures from North Africa to Greece, Italy and Spain. There are some who claim the Malu is derived from the word Malphedrus meaning a “marsh or prairie dog”. It has also been claimed the name comes from the word malou or “dark horse” which may be derived from malu meaning “marsh horse” or “light horse”.
The word “mango” comes from the Sanskrit word “mand” which means a piece of skin, a piece that is covered with tiny white tendrils.
The Malu was a sacred animal for many Native American nations around the world, most with one exception. The Cherokee, Paiute and Tuscarora Indian’s of the United States were forbidden to eat or wear the Malu or its skin pieces. They only ate a portion of their livestock each day. For the native people the Malu represented purity as well as fertility and the strength to cope with hardships and challenges. Its ability to hide the smallness inside of all living things and make them more “human” has been an important part of many cultures.
Some Native Americans believed the Malau came to Earth as a part of
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