Definition of Totemism
- Émile Durkheim (1858–1917)
- Edward Evans “E. E.” Evans-Prichard (1902–1973)
- James Frazer (1854–1941)
- Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908–2009)
- Bronisław Malinowski (1884–1942)
- American English – /tOH-tuh-miz-uhm/
- British English – /tOH-tuh-mi-zuhm/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈtoʊdəˌmɪz(ə)m/
- British English – /ˈtəʊtəmɪz(ə)m/
- Totem is derived from the Ojibwe word odoodem “his kinship group” and the tribe builds totem poles which are representative sculptures made from trees.
- A totem is both sacred and taboo.
- Totemism is compared to animism.
- Also called totemic religion.
- A (noun) totemist or (noun) totemite constructs (adjective) totemic or (adjective) totemistic sculptures.
- Religion Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Radcliffe-Brown, A. R. 1952. Structure and Function in Primitive Society, Essays and Addresses. Glencoe, IL: The Free Press.
- personified supernatural force
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