totemism

noun
to·​tem·​ism | \ ˈtō-tə-ˌmi-zəm How to pronounce totemism (audio) \

Definition of totemism

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

First Known Use of totemism

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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