Is this not the same notion of an anonymous and diffused force, the germs of which we recently found in the totemism of Australia?
See the authorities cited by Frazer in totemism and Exogamy.
totemism is the poetry of the Indian—or would be if it possessed any religious significance.
We have, in point of fact, discovered the datum line of totemism.
We thus reach the highest conception to which totemism has arrived.
We may now return to the consideration of "otemism" or totemism.
It should be superfluous to say that the Bantu myth cannot possibly throw any tight on the real origin of totemism.
Hence Animism, totemism, and their numerous subsidiary developments.
It follows that any account of the origin of totemism can only be hypothetical.
It may, too, have been connected with the totemism of early tribes.
The belief that people are descended from animals, plants, and other natural objects. Symbols of these natural ancestors, known as totems, are often associated with clans (groups of families tracing common descent). By representing desirable individual qualities (such as the swiftness of a deer) and helping to explain the mythical origin of the clan, totems reinforce clan identity and solidarity.