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OTHER WORDS FROM totemismto·tem·is·tic, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for totemism
The authorities superstitious “custom” and it is probable that in symbolism may also be found the origin of totemism.Archaic England|Harold Bayley
Hence Animism, Totemism, and their numerous subsidiary developments.Theism or Atheism|Chapman Cohen
From early times on, the phenomena of totemism have been accompanied by certain forms of tribal organization.
These do not appear until the period of totemism, with whose firm social organization they are closely connected.
The breeding of useful domestic animals, in particular, is very closely connected with totemism.
British Dictionary definitions for totemism
Derived forms of totemismtotemist, nountotemistic, adjective
Cultural definitions for totemism
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.