Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Island Magic

In war magic the points of the spears are made effective and the shields are made spear-proof by magic uttered over them.

Among the forces and beliefs which bear upon and regulate garden work, perhaps magic is the most important. It is a department of its own, and the garden magician, next to the chief and the sorcerer, is the most important personage of the village. The position is hereditary, and, in each village, a special system of magic is handed on in the female line from one generation to another.

Argonauts of the western Pacific; an account of native enterprise and adventure in the archipelagoes of Melanesian New Guinea, by Bronislaw Malinowski... with a preface by Sir James George Frazer... with 5 maps, 65 illustrations, and 2 figures.
It has an extensive section on magic. Link…

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