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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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Totem et tabou est un ouvrage publié vers 1913, à partir d’une série de quatre essais publiés antérieurement par Freud dans la revue psychanalytique Imago (qu’il avait lui-même fondée). Il y aborde des problématiques anthropologiques, prises sous l’angle de sa propre théorie de l’inconscient et de s

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

From Freud's perspective, primitive man lived in the beginning. It consisted of a male dominated by a number of fema

Nowadays we look around us at the well-oiled machinery of our advanced technological age and fondly muse that our society is as stable as bedrock. It is not.

It is in fact a mad mishmash of individual fears, sacred cows, crazy desires - and a deep underlying sense of insecurity.

The rock-solid state

Στο τοτέμ και ταμπού (ένα απο τα έργα για τα οποία ο ίδιος ένιωθε υπερήφανος) ο Freud αποτολμά την μέγιστη ύβρη, να ερμηνεύσει δηλαδή όλη την πολιτισμική εξέλιξη της ανθρώπινης κοινωνίας μέσα από τον μηχανισμό του οιδιπόδειου συμπλέγματος.
Μεθοδολογικά το βιβλίο ανήκει σε ένα ξεπερασμένο επιστημονικ

«توتم و تابو» یکی از آثار مهم زیگموند فروید است. فروید در این اثر به بررسی این دو موضوع و ریشه‌یابی تاریخی آن‌ها می‌پردازد. او موشکافانه با بررسی آثار معتبر در این زمینه به زمینه‌های اصلی پیدایی توتم و تابو پرداخته و سپس به بررسی این موارد در جامعه‌ی متمدن می‌رسد. کتاب، نقش عوامل روانی در فرد و جمع

"توتم و تابو"از مهمترین آثار "زیگموند فروید" در حیطه ی مردم شناسی است."فروید"در این اثر به بررسی دو موضوع تابو و توتم می پردازد. وی نخست به تاریخچه ی پیدایش این دو مفهوم اشاره می کند و سپس به بررسی زمینه های پیدایش آن ها.
از نگاه فروید، انسان اولیه در رمه زندگی می کرد. بر این رمه، پدری حکمرانی می نم

في جزر البانك تظهر هذه الأوامر شديدة في قسوتها و محيرة في دقتها. فالرجل يتحاشى التواجد بالقرب من حماته. و تفعل هي الشيء ذاته. و إذا التقى الاثنان ببعضهما مصادفة على الطريق فإن المرأة تقف جانبا مديرة له ظهرها حتى يمر. أو يقوم هو بذلك حتى يمر. إذا فلا عجب أن تسمى هذه الجزيرة بجزر البانك فما كل هذا ا

‎دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب در نوعِ خود، اثری بینظیر است، که در آن اندیشمندِ خردگرا <زیگموند فروید> تلاش نموده تا بر اساسِ فرضِ یکی بودنِ ماهيتِ <تابو> و ماهيتِ پرهیزهایِ وسواسی در بيمـارانِ روانی، <تابو> را تجزيه و تحليل نماید و در کل موضوعِ <توتم> و <تابو> را از دیدگاهِ روانی موردِ بررسی قرار داده

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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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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