Totemism in Religious Theories: A Social Anthropological Perspective

Rajendran Kirushikkah
Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Department of Social Sciences, Eastern University, Sri Lanka


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From the point of view of Social Anthropology, the rituals associated with religion and its upright modes of worship convey something to each individual and society. Among the rituals, the totemism propounded by the author explains the origin of religion and explains in detail how its effectiveness is established in society. In particular, this study includes the issues of religious rituals, the origin of Totemic religion, Totemic worship, its characteristics, and the position of Totemic worship in society. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to explain the performance, characteristics, and stability of Totemic worship, which is one of religious worship, from a social and anthropological point of view.


  • Social Anthropology,
  • Totemic Religion,
  • Totemic Worship,
  • Society


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How to Cite

Kirushikkah, R. (2022). Totemism in Religious Theories: A Social Anthropological Perspective. Indian Journal of Tamil, 3(4), 15–22.

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