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Totem and Taboo

Sigmund Freud

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Totem and Taboo: Resemblances Between the Mental Lives of Savages and Neurotics is a book by Sigmund Freud, published in German in 1913. It is a collection of four essays first published in the journal Imago (1912–13), employing the application of psychoanalysis to the fields of archaeology, anthropology, and the study of religion. The four essays are entitled: The Horror of Incest; Taboo and Emotional Ambivalence; Animism, Magic and the Omnipotence of Thoughts; and The Return of Totemism in Childhood.

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. . .apply to trees, plants, houses and localities, are more variable and seem only to follow the rule that anything which for any reason arouses dread or is mysterious, becomes subject to taboo.

Wundt himself has to acknowledge that the changes which taboo undergoes in the richer culture of the Polynesians and in the Malayan Archipelago are not very profound. The greater social differentiation of these races manifests itself in the fact that chiefs, kings and priests exercise an especially effective taboo and are themselves exposed to the strongest taboo compulsion.

But the real sources of taboo lie deeper than in the interests of the privileged classes: “They begin where the most primitive and at the same time the most enduring human impulses have their origin, namely, in the fear of the effect of demonic powers”[38]. “The taboo, which originally was nothing more than the objectified fear of the demonic power thought to be concealed in the t. . . Read More

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It's my first book by Freud and it was... impressive. First of all, I must praise his writing style (or, perhaps, the translator). It's a very readable book even if you are a total newbie to the subject matter of the book, and it's not some ordinary subject matter: combining anthropological data...more

Totem und Tabu: Einige Übereinstimmungen im Seelenleben der Wilden und der Neurotiker = Totem and Taboo: Resemblances between the Psychic Lives of Savages and Neurotics
, Sigmund Freud
Totem and Taboo: Resemblances Between the Mental Lives of Savages and Neurotics, or Totem and Taboo: Some Points...more

Best bullshit history ever!!!! Better than the Bible!

هر کسی خدایان را به شکل و هیأت پدرش تصور میکند. و خطمشی هرکسی نسبت به خدایانش تابعی است از رویهی او نسبت به پدر خاکیاش. و به همین ترتیب دستخوش تغییر و تبدیل میگردد. و خدایان در حقیقت پدری است با شایستگی بیشتر.

دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب در نوعِ خودش اثری بینظیر و عالیست که در آن اندیشمندِ خردگرا <زیگموند فروید> تلاش نموده تا بر اساس فرض یکی بودنِ ماهيت <تابو> و ماهيت پرهيزهـایِ وسواسی در بيمـارانِ روانی، <تابو> را تجزيه و تحليل نماید و در کل موضوعِ <توتم> و <تابو> را از دید...more

از دید فروید، انسان ابتدایی، در دسته آغازین زندگی می کرد. این دسته متشکل از نری مسلط (پدر) بود که شماری از ماده ها را در انحصار خود داشت . این پدر نیرومند، پسران خود را از ماده ها دور نگاه می داشت. روزی این پسران متحد شده پدر را کشتند و سپس وی را خوردند. دلیل این آدم خواری، به نظر فروید این بود ک...more

اضطررت لحذف بعض المقاطع من أجل النشر : (

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يبدو الطوطم نظاما ً اجتماعيا ً أكثر من كونه دينيا ً ، فهو لا يسير وفق تشريعات تشابه إلى حد ٍ ما تشريعات الأديان ، إنما بأنظمة محظورات تشبه المحظور الديني ، و إن كنت أرجح ان كل محظور اجتماعي له ركيزة دينية ، و مع هذا فأنا لا أجزم حتى الآن أن هذه المحظورات...more

I found it incredibly 'stimulating' - a suitable word I think; considering a certain sexual implication that it carries. Not that I found it sexually stimulating or anything... it's mostly about incest... it's just... that it's Freud, because y'know... I'm not actually... oh, whatever.

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But wai...more

في سنة 1913 ارسل فرويد لصديقه يقول : (إنني إذ اكتب في الوقت الحاضر الطوطم والحرام , يخالجني شعور بأنه سيكون أهم اعمالي افضلها و ربما اخرها .. ومنذ تفسير الاحلام لم اكتب قط شيئاً بمثل هذا الاقتناع و هذا الفرح , ومن ثم أستطيع ان اتنبأ بما سيلقاه هذا البحث من استقبال : عاصفة من الاستنكار ...

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Translator's Note
Preface
Preface to the Hebrew Translation

--Totem and Taboo

List of Works Referred To in the Text
Index

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