Totemism
Totemism To"tem*ism, n. 1. The system of distinguishing families, clans, etc., in a tribe by the totem. [1913 Webster]

2. Superstitious regard for a totem; the worship of any real or imaginary object; nature worship. --Tylor. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Totemism — • Constitutes the group of superstitions and customs of which the totem is the center Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Totemism     Totemism      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • totemism — TOTEMÍSM s.n. Ansamblu de credinţe şi obiceiuri religioase primitive legate de totem; credinţa în totemuri. – Din fr. totémisme. Trimis de LauraGellner, 28.06.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  totemísm s. n. Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar… …   Dicționar Român

  • totemism — [tōt′əm iz΄əm] n. 1. belief in totems and totemic relationships 2. the use of totems to distinguish kin or descent groups 3. social customs based on this totemist n. totemistic adj …   English World dictionary

  • totemism — totemistic, adj. /toh teuh miz euhm/, n. 1. the practice of having totems. 2. the system of tribal division according to totems. [1785 95, Amer.; TOTEM + ISM] * * * Complex of ideas and practices based on the belief in kinship or mystical… …   Universalium

  • Totemism —    Often confused with the exceptionally close or “spiritual” relationship of a shaman with a particular animal or plant, totem derives from an Algonquian term for “clan.” Many indigenous cultures understand that clans are not merely kinship… …   Historical dictionary of shamanism

  • totemism — An association between human groups or individuals and specific animals or plants which entailed ritualized observances and sometimes eating avoidances. The term was first drawn to the attention of Westerners by J. Long in Voyages and… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • totemism — noun Date: 1791 1. belief in kinship with or a mystical relationship between a group or an individual and a totem 2. a system of social organization based on totemic affiliations …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • totemism — noun ˈtoʊtəmɪzm The belief that a person or group has a special mystical relationship to a totem See Also: totemistic …   Wiktionary

  • totemism — Belief in a kinship with, or a mystical relationship between, a group or individual and a totem …   Medical dictionary

  • TOTEMISM —    division of a race into tribes, each of which has its own Totem, or animal, as the symbol of it and the name, and as such treated with superstitious veneration, as involving religious obligation …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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