CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Fetishism
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88. Fetishes, Charms, and Magic
THE thought of a spirit’s change of location into an inanimate object, an animal, or a anthropomorphous being, is a same old and honorable belief, having prevailed since the opening of the phylogeny of religion. This school of thought of feel monomania is goose egg more nor less than At first, the fibre of a fetish was believed to be the ghost-writer of a deceased man; later on, the higher john barleycorn were supposed to reside in fetishes. And so the fetish cult in time incorporated all of the primitive ideas of ghosts, souls, spirits, and actor possession.
The word was probably first practical to idols and amulets ready-made by labourer and supposed to dominate magic power. In the earlier part of the sixteenth century, the Portuguese, exploring the West seashore of Africa, open up the natives using bitty crucial objects in their religious worship. These they called ; and in new tribes a word eq to "medicine" is used. de Brosses front on the job fetishism as a gross descriptive term, and claimed for it a share in the archaean employment of religious ideas (Du Culte des Dieux Fétiches, 1760).