Pangolin Gold Plated Bangle
The Pangolin Gold Plated Bangle is incredibly versatile to wear and carries beautiful symbolism. The bangle itself is adjustable. Slide open at the hinges, slip on and then gently squeeze to fit your wrist. It makes a wonderful gift to give to loved ones for these reasons. Discover more about Kakakuona (the Swahili name for the pangolin) with the story card that accompanies this piece.
The Pangolin in African Cultures
The pangolin’s name comes from the Malay word ‘penggulung’, which means ‘one that rolls up’. Indeed, when threatened, a pangolin will curl up tightly into a ball which is impenetrable to predators. Its scales provide an armour-like defence in this regard and represent protection. Similarly, we also adopt a guarded disposition to protect ourselves in times of danger.
The pangolin’s scientific genus name Manis is derived from the Latin ‘manes,’ meaning ‘ghost’ or ‘spirit of the dead’. This acknowledges its secretive, nocturnal habits and as well as unusual scaled appearance.
Due to its rarity and enigmatic nature, it is regarded in some African cultures as a symbol of good luck when spotted. Conversely, killing one is thought to be a taboo act that invites bad fortune. Some cultures revere it as a healing emblem to people unable to bear children. Therefore it serves as a symbol of hope that if such a bizarre creature can exist, then anything is possible.
Seek the Marvellous Pangolin
It can be beneficial to draw on the traditional ties and cultural beliefs that people associate with pangolins. This is because it may encourage people not to persecute them. Instead, they can revere these amazing creatures. When you wear this bangle, you too can feel awe and respect for pangolins. Stack this with the Pangolin Silver Plated Bangle to make a stunning statement that will make you stand out from the crowd.
“In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous.” – Aristotle
Learn more about the pangolin and its symbolism here.