Sigmund Freud Totem And Taboo Patricide – Religion Origin Story Guide Launched

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A report entitled “Sigmund Freud and the Primordial Murder” has been launched, delivering an examination of Freud’s theory of religions originating from the murder of a fearsome father figure.

The new report offers readers a didactic guide to Freud’s infamous religious origin story, clearly laying out his theory in relation to the tale of a tribal murder in his work “Totem and Taboo”. In this psychological metaphor, the sons of a cruel and violent father are banished from a savage tribe in order for him to keep the females to himself. After this, the brothers unite and work together to kill their father, and celebrate their triumph by feasting on his dead body.

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With the launch of the report, readers now have the chance to understand Freud’s thinking as regards the psychological import of the brothers eating their father. The report informs the reader of Freud’s claim that the consumption of the father’s remains is an attempt to identify with his strength and power, which the brothers respected in spite of their hatred for his cruelty and jealousy. After this process of identification, tender feelings resurface and the brothers create a totem in substitute of their father, the killing of which is forbidden.

The report addresses the curiosity many feel when considering Sigmund Freud and his notorious theories of the psyche. Though Freud has many critics, he is regarded as a father of modern psychology and his works have been seminal in the development of the field. His radical theories of society and religion, and their relation to unconscious forces, continue to interest those seeking to understand human life and systems on a deeper level.

Readers of the report are guided through Freud’s hypothetical story and the ideas contained in it with accessible language and a connection made to its enduring relevance.

Freud’s theory of the totem is laid out by the report, with the reconciliation achieved by the deification of the totem displaying an attempt at alleviating guilt. Freud believed such guilt to be at the heart of all religious worship, along with an exalted father-figure, and thus all religion drawn from a forgotten but psychologically embedded patricide.

Though entirely metaphorical, the tale reflects Freud’s ongoing contribution to psychology in its demonstration of unconscious conflicts influencing individual lives, and accordingly the entire world.

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