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Relating to totemism.
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Yet, with the continuation of ethnographic research, particularly in non-western parts of the world, there are still new things to be learned about totemistic symbolism.
Recognizing the totemistic power of the fish, though not yet its literal association with his mother, Vardaman attempts to destroy it, chopping it to pieces with an axe.
Harking back to the totemistic cults of the Great Goddess that precede the anthropomorphic and patriarchal deities of Olympus, La Trobe's ritualist conspiracy with the "moon-eyed" mother cow joins humans and animals in a sympathy that elides distinctions of gender and species (Hussey 92-8).
He, through considering / explaining totemistic belief and practices structurally, critised Malinowski, Frazer, Le Bon and Levy-Bruhl's etc.
Students need to know that second-hand reverence and totemistic worship--Bardolatory--are not enough: they can, themselves, together, and pleasurably, arrive at their own appreciation by experimenting with ways of performing lines and parts of plays.