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On these is a painted model of the totemic animals of the deceased.

Then, just like the other totemic tribes, they feigned to be of the blood and lineage of the sun.

That our British ancestors possessed a totemic system is undoubted.

But even in its beginnings the totemic age transcends these conditions.

Coincident with this development, totemic ideas and customs disappear.

Here again the beginnings are to be found in the totemic age.

Almost all cults of the dead, moreover, originate in the totemic age.

In the totemic age, therefore, man alone has a dwelling-place.

But it is not to the point, for the Arunta have no totemic clans.

Yet, in Central Australia, a man's spirit is a totemic spirit.

WORD ORIGIN

animal or natural object considered as the emblem of a family or clan, 1760, from Algonquian (probably Ojibwa) odoodeman "his sibling kin, his group or family," hence, "his family mark;" also attested in French c.1600 in form aoutem among the Micmacs or other Indians of Nova Scotia. Totem pole is 1808, in reference to west coast Canadian Indians.

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