- A desired effect is achieved through symbolism and imitation. To have good luck in the hunt, a dance or ritual is performed with the performers dressing and acting like the animal they want to hunt. An animal's strengths and abilities can become part of a person if he eats the animal. Eating an animal's heart usually gives the animals courage to the person eating it. To injure an enemy, pins can be stuck in a doll that looks like him and contains some part of the person, usually hair or nail clippings.
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Sympathetic magic — Sympathetic magic, also known as imitative magic, is a type of magic based on imitation or correspondence. Imitation involves using effigies or poppets to affect the environment of people, or occasionally people themselves. Correspondence is… … Wikipedia
sympathetic magic — magic predicated on the belief that one thing or event can affect another at a distance as a consequence of a sympathetic connection between them. Cf. contagious magic, imitative magic. [1900 05] * * * … Universalium
sympathetic magic — sym′pathet′ic mag′ic n. ant magic predicated on the belief that one thing or event can affect another at a distance as a consequence of a sympathetic connection between them • Etymology: 1900–05 … From formal English to slang
sympathetic magic — /ˌsɪmpəθɛtɪk ˈmædʒɪk/ (say .simpuhthetik majik) noun magic depending upon the belief that an object or event can affect another at a distance because of a supposed sympathetic connection between them … Australian English dictionary
sympathetic magic — noun : magic based on the assumption that a person or thing can be supernaturally affected through its name or an object (as a nail paring, image, or dancer) representing it : contagious magic compare imitative magic … Useful english dictionary
sympathetic magic — noun Date: 1905 magic based on the assumption that a person or thing can be supernaturally affected through its name or an object representing it … New Collegiate Dictionary
sympathetic magic — noun occult rituals using objects or actions to represent the event or person over which influence is sought … English new terms dictionary
Magic (paranormal) — For related ideas, see Magic (disambiguation). Magia redirects here. For other uses, see Magia (disambiguation). Magical redirects here. For the song, see Magical (song). Circe Offering the Cup to Ulysses by John William Waterhouse Magic … Wikipedia
magic — A superior power created by the combining of inner power with supernatural forces and beings such as ANGELs and DEMONs. The term magic is derived from Greek, either from megus, which means “great” (as in “great” science); from magein,… … Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology
MAGIC — Early Magic Broadly defined, magic is a system of non canonical ritual practices aiming at changing reality. In early Jewish magic this system was based on the use of powerful verbal performative formulae – incantations – whose oral or written… … Encyclopedia of Judaism