TOTEM

noun. 1. a revered natural force, plant, animal, or inanimate item which is thought of as the symbol, ancestor, safeguard or, or tutelary spirit of a society, group/clan, or commune. 2. as interpreted by Sigmund Freud, in Totem unit Taboo, any symbol or representation of the primal father.

TOTEM: "A totem is generally construed as the concentration of specific ritual acts and taboos, commonly against killing or ingesting it."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "TOTEM," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 29, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/totem/ (accessed July 22, 2019).
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