A little bit of history regarding totems. Yes, many were animals, but many were Gods and heros.
In England they became the supporters for coats of arms, and are also included as "Queen´s Beasts", good examples
are seen on the bridge leading to Hampton Court Palace.
Here in Mallorca, and throughout "Gran" Catalunya, they are represented as "gegants" usually a pair, representing villages, town, and higher political entites.
These pagan reliques used to be throughout Catholic Europe until those spoil sport Protestants took away all the fun.
In Germany they have been down graded to those Disney like big heads during Carnival.
In Holland, Mastrict their gegant, has two sacks hanging from his belt, one has a Catholic Bishop, the other the Duke of Alba, last Spanish governor of
the Netherlands - this totem gegant is the defender of Dutch liberty.
Here on Mallorca, Palma, our capital has 10 active* gegants - two for the Baleares (slinger and Phoenician goddess)
4 for the Island (3 kings and a queen) and 4 for the city (lord, lady, piper, fife and drummer).
Most of the village pairs have a religious, occupational, or historic connection. Inca, famous for shoes, has a shoemaker and an embroiderer, etc.
We have three other classes of totems: While the gegants are usually full figures 4m tall, gegantons are shorter, caparots (capgrossos) are just heads with the carrier wearing a costume
(this is the original form of the UK lion and uniform). In addition are beasts, often fire breathing.
These totems appear at regular festivals, take the mayor to church, dance, go on pilgrimages, and visit other gegants.
For example my village, Porreres, is the "child" of Porrera in Terragona, so for each other´s festivals the gegants visit.
There are also "trobadas" (gatherings) of gegants. Each pair has a team of "portadors" (carriers), vigilants (watch out for horse manure and other road hazzards), músics. Early in this clip you
will see a woman carrying pigeons, and a man with a drum, these are from my village, I am portador-1 for the woman.
caparots (capgrossos - big heads), drac, etc.
Note that all these are preChristian, e.g. pagan in origin, and tolerated by the Catholic Church (Spain never experienced the Reformation).
If you speak some Spanish don´t feel bad, we don´t speak it here, we speak Catalá (kids have to take Spanish as a second language in school)
As for music, besides drums the traditional instruments are xeremies (bag pipes), or grallas (barroque oboes, e.g. bag pipes without the bag) these accompany
most of our pagan rituals, including "castells". In this case they are also practical because the castellera teams can´t see or hear commands from the captains,
so the climb is choreographed. [clip is my team in a failed castell]
While competitions are team sports, we also perform in church for weddings, funerals, and special feast days - the current style is a 19c revival, taken from the end of
a ritual dance.