The Valley of Horses Setting & Symbolism

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Donii

Jondalar's people believe the First Mother has the power to create and bring forth life and by honoring women they repay the First Mother for her awesome gifts. The donii is a figurine carved in ivory or limestone to honor the First Mother or Doni. Most donii do not have a face, but the night of Ayla's First Rite of Pleasures Jondalar carves a donii that resembles Ayla, making her promise to never lose it in case it contains some of her spirit.

Ayla's Amulet

Ayla believes that everyone has a totem that is represented by a particular animal. Ayla's totem is a cave lion. Whenever a person's totem gives them a sign in the shape of an object, the person takes that symbol and places it in a small pouch they wear around their necks. The Clan people believe that if they lose their amulet, they...

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