Moyo VaRozvi is a Zimbabwean totem/mutupo/isibongo. The totem has a very long history among the indigenous societies which include the Shona, the Ndebele, Tonga, Venda, Kalanga, among others. Every totem has a branch which distinguishes it from the others. In Shona, these small branches are referred to as chidawo in Shona. In this particular instance, VaRozvi is the chidawo for the totem.
The Rozvi people who belong to this totemic group are historically known to have been the ruling elite in the giant Rozvi Empire in colonial Zimbabwe. The people are found in all corners of the country but they are more dominant in the Midlands Province and Masvingo.
Moyo VaRozvi, which belongs to the main Moyo category has its taboos which include refraining from eating specific internal organs from certain animals. It has for long been used as a form of identity; identifying people belonging to that totem with a unique social, economic, or historical background and past. It was thus a common unifying factor which bound together individuals, families and clans.
Totems in Zimbabwe are not a thing of the past despite the changes that have come with time. Many people are still identified by their respective totems. Like other totems in Zimbabwe, the Moyo VaRozvi totem is used in addressing people, by and large the elders, and is associated with family dignity and respect. It has also been used in praise poetry, thanksgiving, even in times of mourning.
Shona Praise Poem
vakadzi vachiza vomene
Vari urozvi Nhandare
VaChuru chamapfunde manji
Vane mudzi unobva mabvazuva, uchinobaya Rupango
Vakapera nhenda muDzimbahwe
Muti unokope chirimo
svine nzungu inosvitsa dakataka
zvirume zvichiringa pasi
Dyembeu, kurima kwakona
Kutandavara, mvura inova mubvumbi
Asina kuvindukira anowana zvapera
Mupfudze uri mudanga
Kuisvosva, inoruma munhu
Vedombo rakakona chimwango nemarangadya
Ndove tinodzurura mumba
- , VaRozvi,Shon History,retrieved:16 Mar 2015"