For 12,000 years humans have been nurturing and cultivating seeds. It has, in part, formed the backbone of our civilization. The deep concern is that at the present time, approximately 94% of our seed varieties have been lost and many more are nearing extinction.
In the first half of the 20th century, seeds were overwhelmingly in the hands of farmer and public sector plant breeders. In less than four decades, a handful of multinational corporations have engineered a corporate enclosure of the first link in the food chain, by using intellectual property laws to commodify the world seed supply. The deep belief of Totem is that seeds and stories belong to the people. We honour seeds for their beauty and history, but most importantly, we honour them for their essential place in our world. We honour our stories as part of the great human need to share and to interconnect. Sharing a story opens the heart.
Totem Sacred Seeds necklaces are pieces made of seeds which are considered sacred in many parts of the world, such as Lotus, Rudracksha, Bodhi and Tulsi. In using sacred seeds, we hope to challenge people’s perception about what is precious as well as enlightening people about the precarious situation surrounding this valuable and essential commodity.
Each Sacred Seed necklace, tagged with a recycled silver ‘T’ hallmarked here in London, is presented in a handmade Lotka box within an organic cotton drawstring bag. Enclosed is a story and history of the seed used in that particular necklace, and a flower seed paper allowing the recipient to grow their own wildflowers. Our seeds are sourced from a locally owned, sustainable, organic plantation in Indonesia.
Legend has it that the Hindu god, Lord Shiva, contemplated the suffering of man and in his great compassion, he shed a tear which then grew into a Rudraksha tree. The seeds are considered precious and to possess mystical and divine properties, protecting the wearer from negativity. They have been used in prayer rituals for many centuries and have been known to last up to 8 generations.
Buddha achieved enlightenment whilst sitting under the heart shaped leaves of a Bodhi tree and today Bodhi seeds are revered. According to scriptures, when people asked Buddah whom they should pay respect to when he was absent, he replied that they should respect the Bodhi tree. The tree is considered sacred and planted near all Buddhist monasteries.
Tulsi is believed to the embodiment of the goddess Tulsi, the consort of Lord Vishnu. As the goddess of purity she is celebrated as the epitome of love and unity at Hindu weddings and you will find them planted at the door of most Hindu homes. As well as having healing and medicinal properties, the seeds are considered to provide divine protection whilst purifying the mind, body and soul and maintaining good humour.
Lotus seeds symbolise the humans spirits journey to evolve and attain a higher plane of existence as a Lotus plant must ascent through dense water whilst growing before unfurling it’s luxurious blooms in the warm sun on the other side. It represents the journey from darkness to purity. Whilst appearing fragile on the surface, the plant is flexible, strong and securely anchored under the surface.