Good question Manfred, I thought of it as I wrote it,(would it be interpreted in a stereotypical fashion) it would depend on the 'person's' mindset I guess and how they felt about animals also. Your comment though gave it a nicely flexible twist, the idea that it would reveal another person's totem animal and slightly expanding on the "world rich with spirits" it could even be helpful if for instance someone is plagued with a mysterious ailment that causes severe personality changes..could diagnose by seeing the person is being oppressed or possessed by an inimical spirit.
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The player characters, experienced and somewhat well known, hear rumors and travelers' tales about a distant area being overrun by dragons (or other terrifying monstrosities). The locals have sent them a message, begging for heroic aid.
When they investigate, they discover that nothing of the sort is going on. It turns out that a group of thieves wanted them out of the way so that they could rob them (or someone who would normally receive their protection).