1: belief in kinship with or a mystical relationship between a group or an individual and a totem
2: a system of social organization based on totemic affiliations
Examples of totemism in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebSocial media has precipitated new types of totemism — the work of what being a fan means has been questioned, particularly after a death.
Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2020 There is no reason to believe that months later politicians have become more interested in scientific evidence, as opposed to totemism.
Matthew Walther, TheWeek, 14 Nov. 2020
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