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to·tem·ism

 (tō′tə-mĭz′əm)
n.
1. A belief in totems or in kinship through common affiliation to a totem.
2. The practice of establishing affiliation through totems.

to′tem·ist n.
to′tem·is′tic adj.

totemism

(ˈtəʊtəˌmɪzəm)
n
1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) the belief in kinship of groups or individuals having a common totem
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) the rituals, taboos, and other practices associated with such a belief
ˈtotemist n
ˌtotemˈistic adj

to•tem•ism

(ˈtoʊ təˌmɪz əm)

n.
1. the practice of having totems.
2. the system of tribal division according to totems.
[1785–95, Amer.]
to′tem•ist, to′tem•ite`, n.
to`tem•is′tic, adj.

totemism

1. the practice of having a natural object or animate being, as a bird or animal, as the emblem of a family, clan, or group.
2. the practice of regarding such a totem as mystically related to the family, clan, or group and therefore not to be hunted.
3. a system of tribal organization according to totems. — totemic, adj.
See also: Society

totemism

Originally a North American term, totemism is used to refer to a mystical or ritual relationship between a social group and a class of objects such as a species of plant or animal.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.totemism - belief in the kinship of a group of people with a common totemtotemism - belief in the kinship of a group of people with a common totem
belief - any cognitive content held as true
Translations

totemism

[ˈtəʊtəmɪzəm] Ntotemismo m

totemism

nTotemismus m
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