The Primal Father refers to a mythical leader slain by either his own sons or other young males. The Primal Father then becomes deified by the tribe. According to Freud, the guilt from the crime leads to tragedy for the perpetrators while the Primal Father becomes an integral part of the tribe's culture, gaining the status of a totem.

PRIMAL FATHER: "The primal father was both feared and envied, according to Freud."