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A totem is some animal, plant, or other natural event which is associated with a particular tribal group. Members of this group relate not only their origins with their totem, but also their eventual fate and welfare. The term totem comes from the language of the Ojibwa of Canada. Their word dotem/oteman means "he is a relative of mine."

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What is the Philosophy of Religion?
Sometimes confused with theology, the Philosophy of Religion is the philosophical study of religious beliefs, religious doctrines, religious arguments and religious history. The line between theology and the philosophy of religion isn't always sharp, but the primary difference is that theology tends to be apologetical in nature, committed to the defense of particular religious positions, whereas Philosophy of Religion is committed to the investigation of religion itself, rather than the truth of any particular religion.

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