The notion of sharks as man-eaters wa not compatible with the relationship desired with thc totemic animal
Totem animals are used to maintain two useful prohibitions; against killing the totemic animal
(patricide) and against having sexual relations between members of the same totem or clan (incest).
As Durkheim long ago perceived Aboriginal practice does not make the totemic animal
sacred, but only objects like sacred boards and other things that stand for the totemic ancestors, which are at the centre of religious life.
Only one painting of a coiled snake (a common totemic animal
species from the Western and Central islands, see Haddon & Rivers 1904) has been documented from Torres Strait rock art (Mua in the mid-Western islands) (Figure 3).
Totemism is nevertheless the primitive formulation of the law of the father; the members of the primal hoard will transfer upon the totemic animal
the ambivalent feelings they originally experienced for their leader: love, but also fear of castration stemming from sexual competition.
The wild goats must have been a totemic animal
with ritual significance for the people at the time.
35) The fire-theft myths explain how humans acquired fire and learnt to cook from a totemic animal
When the Idaho project lost its government support, in stepped the Nez Perce Indian tribe, for whom the wolf is a totemic animal
, symbolising strength, unity and family bond.
The apposite totemic animal
here is neither the hare nor the tortoise, but rather the fox.
Returning to the scene of the hunt, Ike realizes that the glory of the wilderness is giving way before the encroachments of civilization (in this case a railroad and a sawmill), and paradoxically achieves a kind of mystic acceptance of the endless cycles of time and knowledge of immortality--symbolized by his encountering a snake and saluting it, as Sam Fathers had done, as a totemic animal
Every Shona and Venda had a totemic group to which they belonged and a totemic animal
they identified themselves with, vindicating Gelfand's observation that African faith is characteristically identified with nature, and it is closely linked with the surrounding environment (1968, 7).
The most inclusive animal totems were shared by a number of men constituting the following of a set of a duvahe and resident on land considered the domain of the particular totemic animal