(from an Ojibwa word indicating relationship). Belief in which an animal, plant, or other object serves as emblem (totem) of family or clan. Adherents hold that a mystic relationship exists bet. the totem and the family or clan and that characteristics (e.g., power) transfer from totem to people; a tribe is divided into totemic groups imposing restrictions (e.g., marriage forbidden within totemic group). See also Darkheim, Émile; Primitive Religion.
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