primal horde

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primal horde (plural primal hordes)

  1. (psychoanalysis) In Freudian psychoanalysis, an archetypal cathexis of the sons usurping their father's hierarchical position; the basis of the Oedipus complex, and sometimes resulting in totemism.
    • 2003, Robert S. Corrington, Wilhelm Reich. Psychoanalyst and Radical Naturalist. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ISBN 0-374-25002-2, page 104
      [...] Freud's analyses from his 1913 Totem and taboo, of how the primal horde of rebellious sons overcame the patriarchal father and set up public totems and taboos as means to eternalize their resultant guilt.