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fetishism as "a belief in the souls of the departed coming to dwell in anything that is tangible in heaven or on earth".
Fetishism therefore is a stage where God is quietly disregarded, and the worship due to Him is quietly transferred to a multitude of spiritual agencies under His power, but uncontrolled by it.
According to Ellis no coercion of the fetish is attempted on the Gold Coast, but Kidd states that the negro of Guinea beats his fetish, if his wishes are frustrated, and hides it in his waist-cloth when he is about to do anything of which he is ashamed.
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Fetishism therefore is a stage where God is quietly disregarded, and the worship due to Him is quietly transferred to a multitude of spiritual agencies under His power, but uncontrolled by it.
A fetish then, in the strict sense of the word, is any material object consecrated by the nganga or magic doctor with a variety of ceremonies and processes, by virtue of which some spirit is supposed to become localized in that object, and subject to the will of the possessor.
Fetishism in Africa is not only a religious belief; it is a system of government and a medical profession, although the religious element is fundamental and colours all the rest.
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  Fetishism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In de Brosses' theory of the evolution of religion, he proposed that fetishism is the earliest (most primitive) stage, followed by the stages of polytheism and monotheism, representing a progressive abstraction in thought.
Theoretically, fetishism is present in all religions, but its use in the study of religion is derived from studies of traditional West African religious beliefs, as well as Voodoo, which is derived from those beliefs.
In the 19th century Karl Marx appropriated the term to describe commodity fetishism as an important component of capitalism.
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 Sexual fetishism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sexual fetishism, first described as such by Alfred Binet in his Le fétichisme dans l’amour, though the concept and certainly the activity is quite ancient, is a form of paraphilia where the object of affection is a specific inanimate object or part of a person's body.
Some clothing materials are fetishized by a small number of people, perhaps on the basis that the material forms a "second skin" that acts as a fetishistic surrogate for the wearer's own skin.
Similarly, 'fetish' is often used as a synonym for BDSM, whether or not it involves a fetish in the technical sense.
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 fetishism - Encyclopedia.com
fetishism in psychiatry, a paraphilia (see perversion, sexual) in which erotic interest and satisfaction are centered on an inanimate object or a specific, nongenital part of the anatomy.
In psychoanalysis, a fetish is believed to represent a substitute for male genitalia, which women are imagined to have lost through castration.
Although the causes of fetishism are not clearly known, it is generally not considered a serious disorder, unless it is coupled with other psychological disturbances.
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The significance of fetishes is not known to the world at large and therefore not prohibited; they are easily obtainable and sexual gratification by their means is thus very convenient.
In the case of the fetish, too, interest is held up at a certain point—what is possibly the last impression received before the uncanny traumatic one is preserved as a fetish.
Investigations into fetishism are to be recommended to all who still doubt the existence of the castration complex or who can still believe that the horror of the female genitals has some other foundation: for instance,, that it derives from a supposed memory of the trauma of birth.
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 fetishism - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Fetishism, a term used in anthropology to identify the concept of devotion to objects, and in psychology to identify the concept of devotion to...
Appearance: Buttock fetishism is comparatively rare…, Belief: Fetiches may be fragments of bone or…, Prejudice: All these many threads of the...
Buttock fetishism is comparatively rare in our culture.
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 AllRefer.com - fetishism (Psychology And Psychiatry) - Encyclopedia
fetishism, in psychiatry, a paraphilia (see perversion, sexual) in which erotic interest and satisfaction are centered on an inanimate object or a specific, nongenital part of the anatomy.
Generally occurring in males, fetishism frequently centers on a garment (e.g., underclothing or high-heeled shoes) or such parts of the body as the foot.
In psychoanalysis, a fetish is believed to represent a substitute for male genitalia, which women are imagined to have lost through castration.
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 Commodity Fetishism Encyclopedia Article, Information, History and Biography @ USGrant.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In Marxist theory, commodity fetishism is an inauthentic state of social relations, said to arise in complex capitalist market systems, where social relationships are confused with their medium, the commodity.
This abstraction is refered to as "fetishism." (It should be noted that the term "social" is used by Marx to refer to the essential organization of a society, i.e., to those processes by which a society allocates the tasks necessary to its survival.)
As a consequence of commodity fetishism, the basic political issues involved in social relationships are obscured, from both exploiter and exploited.
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Fetishism is the belief that natural objects have supernatural powers, or that something created by people has power over people.
The fetish was a term that fascinated the fathers of contemporary modern psychology; materialism and anthropology: Freud, Marx and Malinowski.
For Freud, the fetish was the metonymic symbol of the phallus; for Marx, the fetish was found in the mysterious non-relationship between labor and commodity; for Malinowski, the fetish was a descriptive (and then prescriptive) term for the worship practices of the "natives".
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 fetishism and esthetic emotions
Fetishism in my sense owes something to its use in anthropology and something to its psychoanalytic usage, but is different from both.
In the original anthropological sense, a fetish is something that is held in awe because of its putative relation to something else for which it stands, particularly a deity or supernatural being.
For fetishism, in my rather special sense, is not a perversion where the object of an attitude or emotion is a person: on the contrary, it would seem more than odd to value a person solely according to the universal properties they exemplify.
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 Sexual Fetishism Cause, Symptoms, Treatment, Medication.
Usually the fetish begins in adolescence and tends to be quite chronic into adult life.
Fetishism, in ancient religions, meant the belief that inanimate objects such as icons or trees, clouds, etc., possess human properties; in Marxism, the belief that commodities possess human properties.
The focus of attention is exclusively on the fetish, whereas non-fetishists may at various times make a particular body part or an object part of their general sexual arousal and expression with another person, but not be fixated on it.
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 Foot Fetish
Fetishism as we would recognise it today appeared in Europe in the eighteen century and crystallised as a distinct sexual phenomenon in the second half of the nineteenth century.
Today's fetishism is associated with perversion involving a sexual association with an inanimate object (Wedeck, 1963) The term evokes images of "kinky" sex, involving abnormal attraction to items of clothing such as high heeled shoes and body parts, i.e.
Fetishism is a fixation on an object or body part that is not primarily sexual in nature, and the compulsive need for its use in order to obtain sexual gratification.
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 Foot Sex   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Fetishism may be viewed as a continuum from a mild to moderate sexual arousal from an inanimate object to enhance sexual gratification, to the opposite end of the spectrum where the inanimate object becomes a preoccupation and the full focus of sexual attention.
In the fetish the sexual response is conditioned to a particular stimulus such as feet or leather etc. The fetishist becomes preoccupied with the object and less intereested in the associated partner.
Apotemnophiles are aroused by having a limb ampoutated.
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 Ends of legal fetishism
This fetishization occurs as a result of her desire to verify objective reality beyond the solipsistic tower in which she feels herself trapped--a project which veils, like many conventional theories of legal coherence, according to Balkin, the role of the subject in legal understanding.
In this role, sexual fetishism becomes evidence of the psychic operation of disavowal, or the unconscious compromise reached by the male between the "unwelcome perception" that women do not have a penis, and the "force of his counter-wish" that she possess one.
Oedipa is thus guilty of legal fetishism in Santos' sense through her ideological reliance on the "symbolic aura" of maximal law, which enforces a single legal construction of every social object it purports to represent.
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Fetish, as a medical and sex term, was coined by Alfred Binet, a renowned French psychologist, in 1888.
To further qualify their explanation, they state that genetics might have a role to play, in the fact that the genes can give a person the characteristics needed to be a fetishist, but only learning can teach the person how to use those characteristics to become a fetishist.
This gives some support to the popular assumption that wool fetishism was much more common earlier, since fetishism of today is subject to greater variation due to the numerous types of modern materials and objects.
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 Literary Encyclopedia: Fetishism
Fetishism in such works is generally seen as a cultural-historical stage on the way from primitive atheism through animism, fetishism and polytheism to a monotheism which is presumed to be the highest form of civilized belief.
The relation may be one of association, metonymy or metaphor, and be either conscious or unconscious: thus the female genitals may be signified by another part of the body such as the foot, the arm pit, a piece of underclothing, anything which for the subject can be taken as a reference to the object.
A certain amount of fetishism is normal in sexual relations, the condition only being considered pathological when the fetish moves beyond being a necessary condition attached to a sexual object to one where it “actually takes the place of the normal aim”.
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 Trampling fetishism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Trampling fetishism, which consists of paraphiliac fantasies or practices of being trampled underfoot by another person or persons, usually of the opposite sex, is common enough to support a pornographic sub-genre of trampling pornography.
Because trampling entails helplessly writhing in pain under a merciless trampler, the trampling fetish is closely linked to sadomasochistic fetishism.
The trampling fetish is not to be confused with crushing fetishism, which involves the crushing of objects other than people beneath the feet.
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 Genders OnLine Journal - A Myth Beyond the Phallus: Female Fetishism in Kathy Acker's Late Novels
The female fetish, as many of its theorists have noted, is positioned to hit psychoanalysis where it hurts, aiming at the very myth which secures the centrality of the phallus: castration.
If Acker's mention of fetishism targets Freud rather than Lacan, she is nevertheless very concerned with the specifically Lacanian definition of female sexuality as "not-having" or "being" the phallus--a condition which results in women's automatic fetishization of the penis (Lacan, "Meaning" 84).
Insofar as Acker's mention of female fetishism is seen as instrumental to her projected escape from phallic myths, her decision to stand inside the voice of these fathers aims at a political and philosophical disruption which stems, according to Butler, from rendering that voice "occupiable" (150).
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 Discovery Health :: Fetishism
Fetishism is a fixation on an inanimate object or body part that is not primarily sexual in nature, and the compulsive need for its use in order to obtain sexual gratification.
The object of a fetish is almost invariably used during masturbation and may also be incorporated into sexual activity with a partner in order to produce sexual excitation.
In a form fetish, it is the object and its shape that are important, such as in the case of high-heeled shoes.
health.discovery.com /centers/sex/sexpedia/fetishism.html   (415 words)

 Fetish   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
fetish is an object representing a god or spirit that is used to establish a bond between a human being and the supernatural.
Many Western missionaries when Christianizing the natives often vigorously took their fetishes away, saying they should be praying to God and Jesus and not to some strange god or spirit.
Some fetishes are for the individual while others are collective serving a clan, secret society, village or tribe.
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 Fetishism | DoctorNDTV: Health Information on Fetishism
Fetishism describes intense sexual fantasies, urges or behaviour involving the use of nonliving objects.
In this, the person experiences sexual excitement leading to orgasm from contact with a part of the body of a woman or some article belonging to her that normally has no sexual influence.
Common fetishes are feet, shoes and articles of intimate female dress like a brassiere, or they may be erotic fascination with common latex balloons and inflatable toys.
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 Fetishism: Health Topics: University of Iowa Health Care
Fetishism is one of the sexual disorders known as paraphilias.
Fetishism generally begins in childhood or adolescence and is almost always found in males.
This is not considered to be fetishism except in the case when the man cannot perform sexually unless the partner is wearing the items.
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 The Reality behind Commodity Fetishism
While the former regarded the notion of commodity fetishism as pertinent to analyze forms of alienation and reification in late modernist societies as they became more pressing than issues of mass-pauperization, the latter often look at it as an ancillary artifact that is not central to Marx’s overall analysis of political economy.
But while the religious fetish, if my picture of the world is not totally mistaken, does not through an act of being thought about or believed in acquire powers which previously were foreign to it, the situation is different in the case of the kind of fetish Marx is concerned with.
If the fetishism of commodities would be ‘only’ a necessary condition, the answer to the above question would be negative, in case of being a sufficient condition one would have to infer that there is no possibility of changing the economical basis without changing the form of commodity fetishism, which is part of the superstructure.
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