I've poked about wikipedia and google some, but I find it difficult to find anything useful, since I'm not quite sure what I'm looking for.
So far I've checked up totems, which isn't really right, since I want people, not animals. I also considered the ushabti statues/guardians of Ancient Egypt, but still not quite right.
Basically I'm out to find something that will fit my idea of a powerful being/spirit/ghost that can be summoned (and possibly bound) to protect and aid a person in life as well as afterlife.
I was hoping, since the members here represent a fair share of the world's different cultures, that you great guys could at least give me some leads on things to check up?
Would be very much appreciated!