(1) If a family has a totem , it cannot eat that animal, which is considered a spiritual protector.(2) But the truth is, the little girl was in no danger, for like the other members of her tribe, she was a child of an animal totem .(3) It is strictly taboo for anyone to eat the meat from an animal that is his or her totem .(4) Is it a sign, is it a totem , that normal society has returned?(5) After that we turned our attention to animal myths, totems and characters, and I asked them to draw each of themselves as animals with which they identified.(6) Premodern societies often had animal totems , and they saw animals and humans as intertwined through reincarnation.(7) And here is the Raiders' totemistic beef: Possession is nine-tenths of the law.(8) It may have originated, like the stories of the Australians, at a time when men were totemists , when every person had a bestial or vegetable ├ö├ç├┐family-name,├ö├ç├û and when, to account for these hereditary names, stories of descent from a supernatural, bestial, primeval race were invented.(9) When people die they pass on their totems to young children, usually a son or grandson.(10) This destabilises the popular notion that the Aboriginal relation to place through totemism and myth is timeless, and it is probably the case that a historicised Aboriginality is harder to negotiate through the land claim process.(11) The last word, proclaiming the totemism of things that are ├ö├ç├┐good to eat,├ö├ç├û is uttered in a cadence of triumph.(12) For centuries our ancestors have had animal totems .(13) Of course, the reference itself is extremely varied: it is relatively direct in the case of totemism , where the same name designates the totem and the group, and becomes more remote in the case of more advanced religions.(14) Among these patterns are those that cross-cut human and other species, creating the consubstantial kindreds known as totemic groups.(15) I can begin to engage with this metaphysics most efficiently through a consideration of Australian Aboriginal totemism .(16) It depends whether their religion is totemistic , pantheistic or monotheistic, surely.