The Individual Totem and the Sexual Totem

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Up to the present, we have studied totemism only as a public institution : the only totems of which we have spoken are common to a clan, a phratry or, in a sense, to a tribe ;1 an individual has a part in them only as a member of a group. But we know that there is no religion which does not have an individual aspect. This general observation is applicable to totemism. In addition to the impersonal and collective totems which hold the first place, there are others which are peculiar to each individual, which express his personality, and whose cult he celebrates in private.