As with the Hunter, so with the Warrior, the fetich is fed on the life-blood of the slain.
In this world the killer can command, as his fetich, the soul of the killed.
The fetich doctor and fetich belief were a vis a tergo with the native horde.
Cherokee medicine is an empiric development of the fetich idea.
Mr. Spencer undertakes even to demonstrate a priori the falsity of the fetich theory.
I would hide it from human gaze and cherish it as a sort of fetich.
The soul of the fetich ‘in common with supernatural agents at large, is originally the double of a dead man.’
She had one fetich, the candles must be extinguished at ten o'clock.
Once more he was the savage transported in the presence of his fetich.
There is always danger that a particular classification may become a fetich.
1610s, fatisso, from Portuguese feitiço "charm, sorcery," from Latin facticius "made by art," from facere "to make" (see factitious).
Latin facticius in Spanish has become hechizo "magic, witchcraft, sorcery." Probably introduced by Portuguese sailors and traders as a name for charms and talismans worshipped by the inhabitants of the Guinea coast of Africa. Popularized in anthropology by C. de Brosses' "Le Culte des Dieux Fétiches" (1760), which influenced the word's spelling in English (French fétiche, also from the Portuguese word). Figurative sense of "something irrationally revered" is American English, 1837.
Any material image of a religious idea is an idol; a material object in which force is supposed to be concentrated is a Fetish; a material object, or a class of material objects, plants, or animals, which is regarded by man with superstitious respect, and between whom and man there is supposed to exist an invisible but effective force, is a Totem. [J. Fitzgerald Lee, "The Greater Exodus," London, 1903]For sexual sense, see fetishism.
fetish fet·ish (fět'ĭsh, fē'tĭsh)
Something, such as an object or a nonsexual part of the body, that arouses sexual desire and may become necessary for sexual gratification.
An abnormally obsessive preoccupation or attachment.