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to·tem

(tō'tĕm),
An object (usually an animal or plant) serving as the emblem of a family or clan and often as a reminder of its ancestry; something that serves as a revered symbol.
[Amer. Indian]

totem

[tō′təm]
an animal, plant, force of nature, or inanimate object that represents the tribal ancestor of a clan. It also serves as a tutelary spirit and protector and may communicate through oracles.
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Patrilineal descent is thus descent from a man in his totemic aspect, and from the country itself, which is an infinite source of ancestral 'stuff'.
There is a pleasant postmodern irony in projecting this sort of totemic reading, which suggests of an anthropological way so thinking to the detritus of 20th-century industrialism.
I've termed this aspect of Tlingit jurisprudence totemic law.
Neither quality is notably present in his wife, but if Bill is permitted to play an effective advisory role in Hillary's term of office, Obama will have written himself a stronger foreign policy ticket, in which his totemic "change" from a failed past, is still just conceivably possible.
It had a sacramental and totemic significance for the Jews and was eventually housed in the Holy of Holies of Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem.
No one knows who decided that the totemic colors of the two major political parties would be red for the Republicans and blue for the Democrats, but it seems to have stuck for now.
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Barcelona's determination as a city to express its resurgence and release from the Franco regime, and winning the right to stage the Games in 1992 being integral to this, is now totemic.
The FT quoted an official as saying: "It is totemic move but it is in line with our overall policy.
It has become customary for Hollywood to extend the totemic power of film characters to various objects, from soft drink cups to kids' backpacks, giving those goods a patina of added value.
The rush seems full of ritualistic purpose, and stationary figures loom with totemic magic.
At the intersection of the mythical with the everyday, fear and veneration merge into a religious feeling: for Thameyer, the uncanny Blacks in Vienna's Tiergarten mutate into totemic figures.