Literally meaning: “a suicidal mania or craze for dye”
Origin: Anc Greek
θάνατος/thanatos(=death) > θνήσκωthnesko(=dye) > θείνω/theino(=smite, kill)
-μανία/ -mania (=combining form denoting passion, forse, mania, enthusiasm, frenzy) > μένος/menos(=life, vigor)
By physician, anthropologist and protector of Aborigines Walter Edmund Roth (1861-1933) in order to express the fact that the Australian aboriginal patients (
) were under complete inhibition of the will to live induced by the thought of being under a spell. Queensland
Thanatos in Grek mythology was a minor daemon (in Roman mythology was translated as Mors). According Greek poet Hesiod tos was the son of Nyx (Night) and Erebos (Darkness) and twin oh Hypnos (Sleep) thana
Sourse : Roth, W. (1984) The
QueenslandAborigines, 1984 facsimile edition, QueenslandGovernment Printer; originally Ethnological Studies among the North-West-Central Aborigines (1897). Queensland
1. the obsession in the power of evil spirits and magic leading to a fated death.
2. a suicidal fatalism.