Totemism is a belief system which is traditionally associated
with pre-literate societies
. Its forms are so varied across the globe
that it probably resists a neat or single explanation. Probably the
most salient feature however is that of a tribal group
itself with a particular species of animal, to which clan
members are related by mythical ancestry
. In some societies totem
animals are associated with ritual
, but in North American native
this is less the case.
Some Australian aboriginal societies believe in a one-on-one
relationship between a human and his or her personal totem animal.
This relationship sometimes involves a transference of magical powers
to the human. It is this sort of individual totemism which is popular
The entire subject of totemism is highly personal and
individual, and it is probably best not to offer any definitive
account of it. Let's just say that plenty of furries either have, or
are in search of their totem animal, for spiritual guidance, or just
to help cement their furry identity.