The totems were created by a mysterious society dating as far back as the early 1800s to seal these entities away. A totem alone cannot secure a malevolent spirit, however. A seal has to be scribed on its base with each spirit having a corresponding design to them.
Don’t worry, they won’t be able to hurt you! They’re sealed away in the form you see now, so you’re well protected. Are you brave enough to hunt down all the totems and uncover their mysteries? Remember, once you have them with you, it’s forever.