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By Jesper Sørensen

Magic is a common phenomenon. in all places we glance humans practice ritual activities during which fascinating traits are transferred by way of actual touch and gadgets or individuals are manipulated through issues in their likeness. during this publication Sørensen embraces a cognitive standpoint in an effort to examine this usual yet arguable subject. Following a critique of the conventional methods to magic, and basing his claims on classical ethnographic circumstances, the writer explains magic's universality via interpreting a few recurrent cognitive tactics underlying its diverse manifestations. He makes a speciality of how energy is infused into the ritual perform; how representations of contagion and similarity can be utilized to attach differently targeted gadgets on the way to manage one by way of the opposite; and the way the functionality of formality activates representations of magical activities as powerful. Bringing those positive aspects jointly, the writer proposes a cognitive idea of the way humans can characterize magical rituals as practical activities and the way ritual activities are built-in into extra complicated representations of occasions. This rationalization, in flip, yields new insights into the constitutive function of magic within the formation of institutionalised non secular ritual.

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