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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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While people have 'souls' (baloma) distinctive to their separate persons, they share certain images and powers with all other persons of their mother's and father's dala identities--veyolela and tubulela, respectively--including ancestral baloma and non-human spirits who participate totemically in those groupings.
The Nage people of central Flores comprise numerous clans (woe), preferably patrilineal groups which in many cases are associated, as it were totemically, with natural species and other natural phenomena (Forth 2009a).