A rude picture, as of a bird, beast, or the like, used by the North American Indians as a symbolic designation, as of a family or a clan; also, the object or animal itself, considered as an symbol of the family.
A living thing (or its image) that is venerated by a people as the representative of a protective deity. In tribal cultures, the totem was often regarded as the emblem of a clan and as such the focus of ancestor worship. Native American myths such as those featuring Raven and Eagle provide symbolic validation of the kinship system through the acts of totemic animals who were instrumental in the foundation of the clan. (Contrast with "anthropomorphic gods.") See "animism."
An object, usually an animal or plant, revered by an individual or a particular social group. A group totem represents the bond of unity and is often considered the ancestor or brother of the group's members; marriage between those of one totem is often prohibited as incest. The group's symbol and protector, the totem may be pictured on the body or masks, or carved on totem poles.
(Native American) An object, plant or animal that serves as a hereditary badge or emblem for a tribe, clan or family. It represents the "whole" aspects of group. A totem can also serve as a sacred symbol for an individual, representing the whole spiritual being of that person.
Among the Native groups in North America, a natural object or animal assu,ed as the emblem of a tribe or family, or the representation of it, such as those carved on the posts or "totem-poles" erected in front of their dwellings.
in Australia, (a somewhat inadequate term) used to refer to the connection between people, ancestral beings and the landscape (their clan estate) and includes the fauna and flora associated with it (often called "totemic species").
An object (usually an animal) that a primitive tribe feels closely related to, perhaps even descended from, and is regarded as enforcing certain "taboos". Freud relates the cultural function of the totem to the function of a parent for a young child.
( Algonquian Indian, as in Ojibway ototeman, Cree ototema, his relations) 1. an animal or natural object considered as being related by blood to a given tribe or clan and taken as its symbol. 2. an image of this. (See genius, jinni.)
an animal with which an individual or a group perceives a particular relationship or source of power and identity. Such a relationship might be initiated through a vision, a dream, or even a violent life-threatening encounter. The name of the animal is often incorporated into the name of the individual or the clan/group. A contemporary example of this is found in the custom of utilizing animal mascots and animal names for athletic teams.
A totem is any which watches over or assists a group of people, such as a family, clan or tribe (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary http://www.webster.com/dictionary/totem and Webster's New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition).
Totem is a free software (audio and video) for the GNOME computer desktop environment which runs on GNU/Linux, Solaris, BSD and other Unix and Unix-like systems. It is officially included in GNOME starting from version 2.10 (released in March 2005), but de facto it was already included in most GNOME environments. The default backend is GStreamer framework but Totem can also use xine libraries.
Total Cross Section, Elastic Scattering and Diffraction Dissociation (TOTEM) is one of the five detector experiments being constructed at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland. It shares intersection point I5 with the Compact Muon Solenoid. The detector will be used to measure total cross section, elastic scattering and diffractive processes.