Fetishism, the attribution of religious or mystical qualities to inanimate objects
This article concerns the concept of fetishism in anthropology. For other uses see Fetish (disambiguation).
A fetish (from French fétiche; from Portuguese feitiço; from Latin facticius, "artificial" and facere, "to make") is an object believed to have supernatural powers, or in particular a man-made object that has power over others. Essentially, fetishism is the attribution of inherent value or powers to an object.