Magic in Names and in Other Things
by Edward Clodd (9781514655672)

Magic in Names and in Other Things
 
Edward Clodd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 248
Category: History
Publisher: Createspace
ISBN: 9781514655672
ISBN-10: 1514655675



MAGIC AND RELIGION In an article on " magic " contributed to Hastings's Encyclopcedia of Religion and Ethics, Dr. Marett says that " the problem of its definition constitutes a veritable storm-centre in the anthropological literature of to-day." The branch of Magic which now comes under survey plays an important part in modern belief and custom. To bring home the fact of this survival may cause surprise to some, had been talking prose all his life without knowing it. Magic, for the present purpose, is defined as the mana by which the sorcerer pretends to (in some cases honestly believes that he can) obtain control over persons and their belongings, to their help or harm, and also control over invisible beings and the occult powers of nature. Magic works in two ways; as black or maleficent, and as white or beneficent. The black predominates, because of the larger field of mentality wherein it works.

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