Origin of totemism
Examples from the Web for totemism
Where there is no totemism the question of union, of course, does not come up.
See the authorities cited by Frazer in Totemism and Exogamy.
Totemism has not come to man fully equipped in all its parts.
We have, in point of fact, discovered the datum line of totemism.
We may now return to the consideration of "otemism" or totemism.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1
- the belief in kinship of groups or individuals having a common totem
- the rituals, taboos, and other practices associated with such a belief
The belief that people are descended from animals, plants, and other natural objects. Symbols (see also symbol) of these natural ancestors, known as totems, are often associated with clans (groups of families tracing common descent). By representing desirable individual qualities (such as the swiftness of a deer) and helping to explain the mythical origin of the clan, totems reinforce clan identity and solidarity.