A Kind Of Magic

As far as the primitive belief systems of man is concerned the term ‘magic’ is divided into two categories; imitative magic and contagious magic. Imitative magic is found in many country spring-dances where the dancers go around in a circle and then leap high into the air; as high as they jump is how high the crops will grow. The Haka, or war-dance, of the All Blacks is also a form of imitative magic to show how they will demolish their opponents. Contagious magic is when a personal item of the target or enemy is used such as a voodoo-doll which has the actual hair or clothing of the intended victim. Pushing a thorn into the footprint of an intended victim is another example of contagious magic.

According to the academics there is little or no scientific proof that any supernatural event will take place because of so-called ‘magic’ performed. It is more a question of psychology where the hunter who has amulet with a lion’s tooth, and firmly believes this will aid him in the hunt, actually performs better at his task. As such this belief is more of a psychological aid in his hunt, rather than a physical manifestation of ‘magic’. Whether there is ever any actual real magic involved in these beliefs is not a proven fact; however the mere psychology behind it is always a powerful tool and weapon.

The All Black rugby team still perform their war-dance and still performs as the best team in the world. Cricketers are known to have peculiar superstitions and this supposedly also aids the individual in performing better. These idiosyncrasies are what makes us human and can never be altered in man. Science teaches us that there is no such thing as luck, but our human nature believes in something more than us; it believes in magic. Which way you choose to tango is up to you.     


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