The closest that pop to mind to me are "fetish" and "totem," neither of which are particularly close. "Fetish" is perhaps a little closer but has the disadvantage of having taken on a significantly different meaning in common parlance.

-- Paul

From: Peter Bleackley [log in to unmask]

A Khangažyagon word I coined over the weekend-
lepsu: an object used to express the user's emotions.
What's the nearest English equivalent? I thought there might be a term for it in psychology or anthropology.