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 .
If a family has a totem , it cannot eat that animal, which is considered a spiritual protector.
Is it a sign, is it a totem , that normal society has returned?
It is strictly taboo for anyone to eat the meat from an animal that is his or her totem .
In doing so, they defined the spatial and social organisation of Aboriginal clans, providing each with totemic links to particular places and tracts of country, and to each other.
The last word, proclaiming the totemism of things that are ‘good to eat,’ is uttered in a cadence of triumph.
When people die they pass on their totems to young children, usually a son or grandson.
Premodern societies often had animal totems , and they saw animals and humans as intertwined through reincarnation.
Twenty or more clans with additional totems were added later.
Hey, at least you people know how to find out about your totems or power animals.