totemism

Definitions

  • Running antelope. Personal totem
    Running antelope. Personal totem
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n totemism belief in the kinship of a group of people with a common totem
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Totemism Superstitious regard for a totem; the worship of any real or imaginary object; nature worship.
    • Totemism The system of distinguishing families, clans, etc., in a tribe by the totem.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n totemism The system of tribal subdivision denoted by totems; the use of totems, with all the social and religious observances connected with them; the constitution of society as marked by these observances.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Totemism the use of totems as the foundation of a vast social system of alternate obligation and restriction
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Idioms

At the bottom of the totem pole - (USA) If someone is at the bottom of the totem pole, they are unimportant. Opposite is at the top of the totem pole.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Algonquin otem, which must be preceded by the personal article, as kitotem=the family-mark, nind-otem=my family-mark.

Usage

In literature:

As a theory to account for the number and character of these animal carvings the totemic theory is perhaps as tenable as any.
"Animal Carvings from Mounds of the Mississippi Valley" by Henry W. Henshaw
There seems to be no trace of clan or totemic grouping among the Bagobo.
"The Wild Tribes of Davao District, Mindanao" by Fay-Cooper Cole
Like the savage with his Totem, they have themselves already attributed life to it.
"Nature Mysticism" by J. Edward Mercer
The whole idea was a phase of totemism and tabu.
"Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers" by Elbert Hubbard
He is of the Totem of the Bear!
"At War with Pontiac" by Kirk Munroe and J. Finnemore
The division into clans or totems which prevails in most northern tribes rests theoretically on descent from different ancestors.
"The Myths of the New World" by Daniel G. Brinton
What is it, the sacred totem-animal of the Ullr Company?
"Ullr Uprising" by Henry Beam Piper
TOTEM OR TRIBE MARK OF THE FIVE NATIONS.
"History of the United States, Vol. I (of VI)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
The family were of the totem of the beaver.
"The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
In particular, the great European civilisations are not totemic, nor are they to be seen passing from totemism.
"Folklore as an Historical Science" by George Laurence Gomme
The tribe have also a number of totem septs, named after animals or plants.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
The family were of the totem of the beaver.
"Folk-Lore and Legends: North American Indian" by Anonymous
All the Indian chiefs have their totems.
"The Settlers in Canada" by Frederick Marryat
Every clan had some such totem as I have described in the case of the Iroquois.
"Canada" by J. G. Bourinot
In Search of the Totem-Pole.
"Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska" by Charles Warren Stoddard
The man-totem were perhaps the only tribe who never practised cannibalism, the flesh of their totem being forbidden to them.
"The Fijians" by Basil Thomson
Let us call him White Wolf, since he is of the totem of the wolf.
"Hoof and Claw" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Come, then; Quider will live, spite of those same slings and arrows of which you know not the totem marks.
"Cardigan" by Robert W. Chambers
Snakes had a more important place in the former religious and totemic practices.
"A Racial Study of the Fijians" by Norman E. Gabel
The family were of the totem of the beaver.
"The Indian in his Wigwam" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
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In poetry:

"In the third night-watch I heard,
Far and low, a spirit-bird;
Very mournful, very wild,
Sang the totem of my child.
"The Truce of Piscataqua" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Well she knew its graven sign,
Squando's bird and totem pine;
And, a mirage of the brain,
Flowed her childhood back again.
"The Truce of Piscataqua" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"There is rust on Squando's knife,
From the warm, red springs of life;
On the funeral hemlock-trees
Many a scalp the totem sees.
"The Truce of Piscataqua" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"All the while the totem sang,
Lightning blazed and thunder rang;
And a black cloud, reaching high,
Pulled the white moon from the sky.
"The Truce of Piscataqua" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Thou hast beheld him fashion and adorn
The gorgeous altar and the totem pole;
With fervent zeal, and blind simplicity,
From base materials of wood or stone,
Carve out a God, then kneel and worship it.
"Metabole." by Alfred Castner King
Well, at last there came a schooner cruising round the Southern Seas
With a learned bloke on board collecting curiosities,
And when he saw the figurehead he cried, '"Now here's a find;
This here's a tribal totem of a most unusual kind."
"The Figurehead" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Totem's aims to draw clubgoers to west Salt Lake City.
Chile verde burrito at Totem's.
Boss Crump's Totem Pole in Confederate Park.
Totem poles, maple syrup and Graceland win my vote.
A totem along the trail in Sitka National Historical Park in Sitka, Alaska.
This undated theater image released by Cirque du Soleil shows a scene from Totem , a show that traces the journey of the human species from its original amphibian state.
John-T-Williams-Memorial- Totem-Pole -Project The non-profit was set up by Atty.
Tracking the tale of the stolen totem pole .
David Lewis with his sculpture "Totem" at his exhibition at the Mendelson Gallery in Shadyside.
Totem pole removed from Auke Recreation Area for refurbishing.
Cirque du Soleil will mark the 25th anniversary of its first trip to New York next year with a visit by its high-octane show "Totem.".
This undated theater image released by Cirque du Soleil shows a scene from Totem, a show that traces the journey of the human species from its original amphibian state.
This undated theater image released by Cirque du Soleil shows a scene from “Totem,”.
Tucson News NowCirque du Soleil's 'Totem' planned for New York.
Justin Vernon's Wisconsin compound isn't just a totem of his success -- it's a metaphor for everything he believes in and everything he wants to achieve.
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In science:

From our introductory remarks we do not consider this result in agreement with the TOTEM datum.
Reply to "Commentary on "Total Hadronic Cross Section Data and the Froissart-Martin Bound", by Fagundes, Menon and Silva"
In particular, the above central value does not reach the lower extreme in the TOTEM uncertainty, namely 95.5 mb.
Reply to "Commentary on "Total Hadronic Cross Section Data and the Froissart-Martin Bound", by Fagundes, Menon and Silva"
As in the preceding Section, we find that the FMS γ = 2 fits at low energy, after allowing for errors in the predictions due to the statistical errors in the fitting parameters, successfully predict the Totem total cross section at 7 TeV, thus negating the necessity for considering a violation of the Froissart bound.
Reply to "Commentary on "Total Hadronic Cross Section Data and the Froissart-Martin Bound", by Fagundes, Menon and Silva"
Our analysis has indicated that, with the Amaldi et al. parametrization and the above inclusion, the TOTEM datum cannot be adequately described in the case of γ = 2 (which corresponds to the COMPETE highest-rank parametrization).
Reply to "Commentary on "Total Hadronic Cross Section Data and the Froissart-Martin Bound", by Fagundes, Menon and Silva"
Based on all these facts, we understand that, once included in the dataset, it is, at least, not obvious the 7 TeV TOTEM result can be described by a standard ln2 [s/sh ] leading dependence and that was the essential “discovery” in FMS.
Reply to "Commentary on "Total Hadronic Cross Section Data and the Froissart-Martin Bound", by Fagundes, Menon and Silva"
In particular, once included in the dataset, it is not expected the 7 TeV TOTEM datum might be described for fixed γ = 2 and sh = 2m2 p , as is the case in BH.
Reply to "Commentary on "Total Hadronic Cross Section Data and the Froissart-Martin Bound", by Fagundes, Menon and Silva"
The TOTEM Collaboration has already obtained three new high-precision measurements of the total cross section at 7 TeV, through different methods and techniques .
Reply to "Commentary on "Total Hadronic Cross Section Data and the Froissart-Martin Bound", by Fagundes, Menon and Silva"
As commented in FMS2, we understand that the least ambiguous way to estimate the inelastic cross section is through the s-channel unitarity, σinel = σtot - σel , as has been done by the TOTEM Collaboration .
Reply to "Commentary on "Total Hadronic Cross Section Data and the Froissart-Martin Bound", by Fagundes, Menon and Silva"
In this respect, it may be interesting to note the prediction in BH for the inelastic cross secion at 7 TeV (Fig. 3 in ): the uncertainty region barely reaches the lower error bar in the TOTEM result.
Reply to "Commentary on "Total Hadronic Cross Section Data and the Froissart-Martin Bound", by Fagundes, Menon and Silva"
Moreover, for the total cross section, the central value of the prediction reaches the low extreme bar of the TOTEM result (and the uncertainty region, above the central value, lies through the lower error bar of the TOTEM point).
Reply to "Commentary on "Total Hadronic Cross Section Data and the Froissart-Martin Bound", by Fagundes, Menon and Silva"
TOTEM is one of the six experiments that investigate the frontier of high energy physics at the LHC.
Summary of Physics Results from the TOTEM Experiment
In particular, TOTEM is able to measure ξ- (≡ ∆ p/ p), |t|- and mass- distributions for the intact (“leading”) protons produced in diffractive events, with acceptances depending on the beam optics.
Summary of Physics Results from the TOTEM Experiment
Consequently, the experimental measurements performed by TOTEM are very important because they represent a reference for the phenomenological models describing the soft hadron interactions.
Summary of Physics Results from the TOTEM Experiment
The VFAT digital chip , specifically designed for TOTEM and characterized by trigger capabilities, provides the read-out of all TOTEM sub-detectors and the related trigger information.
Summary of Physics Results from the TOTEM Experiment
The consequent increase in beam size at the interaction point characterizes these runs with a low luminosity (L), which is anyway needed in TOTEM analyses in order to avoid extra interactions between the colliding bunches.
Summary of Physics Results from the TOTEM Experiment
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