Definition of Totemism

1. Noun. Belief in the kinship of a group of people with a common totem.

Generic synonyms: Belief
Derivative terms: Totemic



Definition of Totemism

1. n. The system of distinguishing families, clans, etc., in a tribe by the totem.

Definition of Totemism

1. Noun. (religion) The belief that a person or group has a special mystical relationship to a totem ¹

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Definition of Totemism

1. a system of tribal division according to totems [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Totemism

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Literary usage of Totemism

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1. Publications by Folklore Society (Great Britain) (1901)
"TH* TRANSITION FROM totemism TO ANCESTOR-WORSHIP. (Ante, pp. 36, 341. ... We are likely to make better progress with the investigation of totemism if we ..."

2. A Dictionary of Religion and Ethics by Shailer Mathews, Gerald Birney Smith (1921)
"totemism is thus essentially a mode of association, which, however, ... Knowledge of totemism as an institution of savage and barbarian society begins with ..."

3. Introduction to the History of Religions by Crawford Howell Toy (1913)
"CHAPTER V totemism AND TABOO 421. totemism and taboo are both of them intimately ... totemism is not essentially religious if religion be held to involve ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"304. of exogamy and totemism.* Man was at first, as Darwin supposed, ... It is objected, as to the origin of totemism, that too much influence is given to ..."

5. Evolution in Art: As Illustrated by the Life-histories of Designs by Alfred Cort Haddon (1907)
"totemism. In the following brief account of totemism I borrow largely from a small but ... (An expansion of the article on " totemism " in the Encyclopedia ..."

6. Folklore by Folklore Society (Great Britain) (1899)
"THE question as to the place totemism occupies in the evolution of religion is one which has of late been exhaustively discussed by M. Marillier in a series ..."

7. Totem and Taboo: Resemblances Between the Psychic Lives of Savages and Neurotics by Sigmund Freud (1919)
"The first chapter of this book made us acquainted with the conception of totemism. We heard that totemism is a system which takes the ..."

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