Definitions for totem
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a clan or tribe identified by their kinship to a common totemic object
emblem consisting of an object such as an animal or plant; serves as the symbol of a family or clan (especially among American Indians)
Any natural object or living creature that serves as an emblem of a tribe, clan or family.
The representation of such object or creature.
The clan whose kinship is defined in reference to such an object or creature.
Etymology: from (o)doodem(an)
A totem (from Ojibwe: ᑑᑌᒼ or ᑑᑌᒻ doodem) is a spirit being, sacred object, or symbol that serves as an emblem of a group of people, such as a family, clan, lineage, or tribe, such as in the Anishinaabe clan system.While the word totem itself is an anglicisation of the Ojibwe term (and both the word and beliefs associated with it are part of the Ojibwe language and culture), belief in tutelary spirits and deities is not limited to the Ojibwe people. Similar concepts, under differing names and with variations in beliefs and practices, may be found in a number of cultures worldwide. The term has also been adopted, and at times redefined, by anthropologists and philosophers of different cultures. Contemporary neoshamanic, New Age, and mythopoetic men's movements not otherwise involved in the practice of a traditional, tribal religion have been known to use "totem" terminology for the personal identification with a tutelary spirit or spirit guide. However, this can be seen as cultural misappropriation.
A totem is a natural object, animal, or plant that is often associated with a specific social group, such as a tribe or clan, and serves as an emblem or symbol for that group, often demonstrating ancestry or spiritual connection. It may also refer to a carved or painted representation of such an object. Totems hold a great deal of symbolic and religious significance in many cultures, particularly amongst indigenous groups.
a rude picture, as of a bird, beast, or the like, used by the North American Indians as a symbolic designation, as of a family or a clan
Totem is a media player for the GNOME computer desktop environment which runs on GNU/Linux, Solaris, BSD and other Unix and Unix-like systems. It is officially included in GNOME starting from version 2.10, but de facto it was already included in most GNOME environments. Totem utilizes the GStreamer framework for playback, though until version 2.27.1, it could alternatively be configured to use the Xine libraries instead of GStreamer. Totem is included as the default media player in many GNU/Linux operating systems, including Ubuntu, Mandriva and others. Released under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License, Totem is free software.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
tō′tem, n. a natural object, not an individual but one of a class, taken by a tribe, a family, or a single person, and treated with superstitious respect as an outward symbol of an existing intimate unseen relation.—adj. Totem′ic.—ns. Tō′temism, the use of totems as the foundation of a vast social system of alternate obligation and restriction; Tō′temist, one designated by a totem.—adj. Tō′temistic. [Algonquin otem, which must be preceded by the personal article, as kitotem=the family-mark, nind-otem=my family-mark.]
The numerical value of totem in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of totem in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Maybe dogs were their symbol or totem; perhaps, they thought of themselves as the dog people.
You need to be up on that totem pole of priorities or else you’re not going to be the best mom possible.
Michelangelo chose (to install his work in) the cellar. He built something that is for us like a totem. When you enter, when you arrive, you see this is like a god to protect our work.
Averageness is a quality we must put up with. Men march toward civilization in column formation, and by the time the van has learned to admire the masters the rear is drawing reluctantly away from the totem pole.
What it means is ‘I’ll give you an economy you had 50 years ago, and I’ll move you back up on the social totem pole and other people down,’.
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