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  • n. Plural form of totem.

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Examples

  • Dream invaders use "totems" - one-of-a-kind objects only they would know about

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  • Symbols of these natural ancestors, known as totems, are often associated with clans (groups of families tracing common descent).

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  • Accordingly in the tribes of South-Eastern Australia which we have been considering the bat and the owl, the emu-wren and the superb warbler, may properly be described as totems of the sexes.

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  • The Zuni are also divided into clans, the totems of which agree closely with those of the Moquis, and one of their totems is the turtle.

    The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion

  • Companies find themselves caught up on what Freud called "totems and taboos".

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  • I have often thought about what it means to have a special animal connection; what pagans have called totems or spirit guides or spirit animals or what have you.

    Dancing Down the Moon

  • Mr. Weindruch says that when companies go through hard times, they often try to draw a line that separates them from those difficulties, which can mean shedding "totems" associated with the past.

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  • Below behold "totems" of flip-flops conveniently organized by warm and cool colors for our instant viewing horror/pleasure.

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  • Craig: You have some interesting comments about the way the traditional "totems" of the Bond franchise work in these two movies.

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  • For example, in one book I wrote about the many methods that traditional Setswana culture had for preserving the environment such as totems that could not be killed, the control of hunting and cutting of trees by the chief and beliefs that preserved certain species.

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