The word fetish came to the English language via the Portuguese “feitiço” , meaning false or false values. Feitiço was used to describe the veneration and worship of seemingly useless objects that the Poruguese explorers had discovered in African religions. Furthermore, like many words deriving from the Latin factitious, fetish or feitiço suggests mask, masquerade, disguise, fake. In turn, fetish is derived from French factice, fictitious, false, or artificial. Another derivative from the Frrnch is feint, feigned or simulated.
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