(in ancient Greece) a primitive wooden image of a deity.
ORIGINEarly 18th century: from Greek; related to xein ‘carve’.
Totem poles of painted, carved wood in Vancouver, Canada, created by Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast of North America. They variously portray family legends and lineage, spirituality, sacred or mythological beings, and culturally important animals, people or events.
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