Totemic Systems is the Precursor of Religion

  • B Sankareswari Assistant Professor, School of Tamil Studies, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • S Kalaiselvam Ph.D. Research Scholar, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Keywords: Folklore, Folk religion, Clan, Totemic worship, Ancestor worship


Any society with a long history of tradition and Culture has its origin and roots in religion. From this religious  tradition only next the stages of development of tradition and culture developed. It started from the ancient people to the present days casteist society. The religion developed and evolved by stages into the present day religion proper. This research paper states that the totemic system created the tendency for the later on religion. In a society, religion creates the barrier between what is sacred and what is unsacred. Totems are the basic, primitive tendencies for the later on religion. An anthropologist who studied about totems supports this argument. Totemic system is the precursor to religion and it anticipates religion later on, then comes the next stages of worship of forefathers worship of the relics, and the faith in rituals are effects of religion.

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