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- n. Dated form of fetish.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A material object supposed among certain African tribes to represent in such a way, or to be so connected with, a supernatural being, that the possession of it gives to the possessor power to control that being.
- Any object to which one is excessively devoted.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. excessive or irrational devotion to some activity
- n. a charm superstitiously believed to embody magical powers
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When fifteenth-century Portuguese explorers arrived in West Africa and discovered that local peoples believed that their religious carvings possessed similar spirit powers, the word fetich was applied to their holy artifacts as well.
The English word fetish can be traced back to the medieval Portuguese word fetich, which refers to religious relics believed to possess magical properties.
The fetich is a symbol of the desired person, thus the handkerchief and glove of the woman or the hat of the man.
Sometimes the odor of the armpit may even become a kind of fetich which is craved for its own sake and in itself suffices to give pleasure.
"Well, I suppose because of what you would call a fetich," Frida answered laughing.
Instead of being, as we have patriotically supposed, a real progress in human development, it is only a fetich, which is becoming rapidly a failure.
"Not this summer -- that cat has spent these last two summers with human beings who have treated him as a kind of fetich -- just as we do!"
However, I am not prone to sensitiveness, and the following of a sense of duty, wherever it may lead, has always been a kind of fetich with me throughout my life; which may account for the honors bestowed upon me by three republics and the decorations and friendships of an old and powerful emperor and several lesser kings, in whose service my sword has been red many a time.
Nothing could be learned regarding the practice or nonpractice of any "fetich" or "voudou" rites.
Binet maintains that these articles play the part of the "fetich" in early theology.