Seen and heard what made you want to look up totemismplease tell us where you read or heard it including the quote if possible. Derived from the term ototeman in the ojibwe language meaning brother sister kin totemism is an aspect of religious belief centered upon the veneration of sacred objects called totems a totem is any animal plant or other object natural or supernatural which provides deeply symbolic meaning for a person or social group in some cases totems may imbue particular person with a feeling . The belief that people are descended from animals plants and other natural objects symbols see also symbol of these natural ancestors known as totems are often associated with clans groups of families tracing common descentby representing desirable individual qualities such as the swiftness of a deer and helping to explain the mythical origin of the clan totems reinforce clan
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