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synonyms for totem

  • emblem
  • figure
  • representation
  • symbol
  • token
See also synonyms for: totemic / totems
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Before him is a gleaming chunk of glass, roughly the size of a toaster oven, that is carved with so many scooped-out sections to reduce its weight that it looks like an alien totem.
INSIDE THE MACHINE THAT SAVED MOORE’S LAWCLIVE THOMPSONOCTOBER 27, 2021MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
Each totem required its wielder to pass a test proving their mastery of each force.
HOW SUPERGIRL REVAMPED SUPERMAN IV'S STORY AND MADE IT WORKNOREPLY@BLOGGER.COM (UNKNOWN)OCTOBER 17, 2021TECHCRUNCH
For the Lummi Nation, totem poles historically are carved with symbols that represent a certain clan of a tribe or show a family or tribe’s lineage.
A 25-FOOT NATIVE AMERICAN TOTEM POLE ARRIVES IN D.C. AFTER A JOURNEY TO SACRED LANDS ACROSS U.S.DANA HEDGPETHJULY 29, 2021WASHINGTON POST
The latest totem in our hyperpartisan and politically polarized culture war is the terminology around race relations in America.
A WELL-WORN ARGUMENT ABOUT RACE, INTELLIGENCE AND VIOLENCETHEODORE JOHNSONJUNE 25, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Scientists such as Fauci, after all, have been turned into totems of all that is wrong with the scientific community guiding public policy on things like coronavirus mitigation and climate change.
WHAT A PROVEN CORONAVIRUS LAB LEAK THEORY WOULD MEANAARON BLAKEMAY 27, 2021WASHINGTON POST
They adopt a “totem” or symbol of the family and this is generally some animal, the turtle, bear and wolf being favorites.
THE WONDER BOOK OF KNOWLEDGEVARIOUS
Occasionally, in very uncultivated tribes, some family or totem claimed a monopoly of the priesthood.
THE MYTHS OF THE NEW WORLDDANIEL G. BRINTON
Their totem was that of the serpent, and their name is not altogether unlike the Tuscarora name of this animal usquauhne.
THE MYTHS OF THE NEW WORLDDANIEL G. BRINTON
On the contrary, it is extremely probable that they were an Algonkin totem, which had the exclusive right to the priesthood.
THE MYTHS OF THE NEW WORLDDANIEL G. BRINTON
I allude to the institution of the Totem, which has been well known among the Algonquin tribes from the settlement of Canada.
THE INDIAN IN HIS WIGWAMHENRY R. SCHOOLCRAFT
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WORDS RELATED TO TOTEM

  • brace
  • buttress
  • caryatid
  • colonnade
  • cylinder
  • mast
  • minaret
  • monolith
  • monument
  • obelisk
  • pedestal
  • peristyle
  • pier
  • pilaster
  • post
  • prop
  • pylon
  • shaft
  • standard
  • stay
  • stele
  • support
  • totem
  • tower
  • underpinning
  • upright
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