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- The doctrine or practice of belief in fetiches.
- Excessive devotion to one object or one idea; abject superstition; blind adoration.
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- noun Archaic form of
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- noun a belief in the magical power of fetishes (or the worship of a fetish)
- noun sexual arousal or gratification resulting from handling a fetish (or a specific part of the body other than the sexual organs)
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Binet and also Krafft-Ebing  have argued in effect that the whole of sexual selection is a matter of fetichism, that is to say, of erotic symbolism of object.
It is this philosophy, currently known as fetichism, but treated by Mr. Tylor under the somewhat more comprehensive name of "animism," which we must now consider in a few of its most conspicuous exemplifications.
The anthropologist calls it "fetichism" when he finds it among primitive peoples.
This astrolatry, originally a kind of fetichism, became nature-worship, and gradually rose to the worship of the intelligence manifested to our contemplation in the movement of the heavenly luminaries.
The worship of stones is a kind of fetichism, which in the very infancy of religion prevailed, perhaps, more extensively than any other form of religious culture.
We see Jesus here intentionally diverting attention from all kinds of magic, every kind of fetichism, everything carnal in religion.
What we call "fetichism" is, I suppose, merely the childish way of looking at and explaining the world, which did not, in the case of the people of West Africa, preclude a belief in the one true God, although He was regarded by them as far away and not interested in the little affairs of men.
It may be noted that in the very typical case of foot-fetichism which is presented to us in the person of Restif de la
The word "fetichism" came into the European languages through the work of Charles de Brosses, who, in
But they do not connect this kind of fetichism with their poetry; and even their greatest poets, with the exception of Dante, have shown no capacity or no inclination for enhancing the imaginative effect of their creations by an appeal to the instinct of mysterious awe.