Origin of totemism
Examples from the Web for totemism
A man has no business to write on totemism if he does not know these facts.
It should be superfluous to say that the Bantu myth cannot possibly throw any tight on the real origin of totemism.The Secret of the Totem|Andrew Lang
But this savage heraldry is not nearly so common as the institution of totemism.
To say so, however, would be to admit that in totemism there was something not only 'mystic' but potentially religious.
But the belief in the souls migration to animals is more readily derived from totemism than inversely.Totem and Taboo|Sigmund Freud
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.