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 Totem Pole (A).Toto Cœlo. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Totemism.
 
Totem is the representation of a symbol by an animal, and totemism is the system or science of such symbolism. Thus, in Egyptian mythology, what is represented as a pig or hippopotamus by one tribe, is (for some totemic reason) represented as a crocodile by another.   1
        “The apparent wealth of [Egyptian] mythology depends on the totemism of the inhabitants of the Nile Valley… . Each district had its own special animal as the emblem of the tribe dwelling in that locality.”—Lockyer: Nineteenth Century, July 1892, p. 51.
 


 Totem Pole (A).Toto Cœlo. 

 
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