Two of the “fetish” sculptures by the artist known as B. Wurtz, from his solo show now at Metro Pictures in New York.
For remember it is not Christianity alone that becomes tinged with fetish, or gets engulfed and dominated by it.
The fetish is any stone picked up in the street—a tree, a chip, a rag.
Hence it comes that we have in fetish a religion in which its believers do not hold that devotion to religion constitutes Virtue.
For the rest of the fetish I remain a mere photographic plate.
I wandered about the streets looking for some fetish willing to take an interest in me.
The expert in fetish, the Medicine Man, was the first priest.
After fetish Rock, the river bends sharply to the right and soon after Boma is in sight.
As for poor old Anita, I believe she thinks it is our fetish.
This is known as fetish Rock from the legend that the natives used to throw live people from it into the river as sacrifices.
1610s, fatisso, from Portuguese feitiço "charm, sorcery," from Latin facticius "made by art," from facere "to make" (see factitious).
Latin facticius in Spanish has become hechizo "magic, witchcraft, sorcery." Probably introduced by Portuguese sailors and traders as a name for charms and talismans worshipped by the inhabitants of the Guinea coast of Africa. Popularized in anthropology by C. de Brosses' "Le Culte des Dieux Fétiches" (1760), which influenced the word's spelling in English (French fétiche, also from the Portuguese word). Figurative sense of "something irrationally revered" is American English, 1837.
Any material image of a religious idea is an idol; a material object in which force is supposed to be concentrated is a Fetish; a material object, or a class of material objects, plants, or animals, which is regarded by man with superstitious respect, and between whom and man there is supposed to exist an invisible but effective force, is a Totem. [J. Fitzgerald Lee, "The Greater Exodus," London, 1903]For sexual sense, see fetishism.
fetish fet·ish (fět'ĭsh, fē'tĭsh)
Something, such as an object or a nonsexual part of the body, that arouses sexual desire and may become necessary for sexual gratification.
An abnormally obsessive preoccupation or attachment.