In 1791, the English fur trader John Long recalled a Native American’s despairing statement: “Beaver, my faith is lost, my totam is angry, I shall never be able to hunt any more,” Long continued, “This idea of destiny, or, if I may be allowed the phrase, totamism, however strange, is not confined to the Savages.” (1922, p. 87). In writing this, he little suspected that he was setting in motion what we might without hyperbole call the saga of the social sciences. For around a century, with evolutionism constituting the intellectual horizon dominant in the minds of social scientists, social anthropology and sociology vied with one another to define and explicate a form of worship which they considered a living illustration which to some degree ...

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