When knowledge was power

Lynne Kelly

Ritual often seems like an activity designed only for interaction with the preternatural or the supernatural. However, in non-literate (oral) cultures, it can have a mnemonic function – to remember and pass on traditional lore, about how to grow and manage crops, about animal and plant species, how to interact with the land, how to use tools. [Read more...]

What is magic and how does it work?

Circe Invidiosa by John William Waterhouse

A friend on Facebook asked, how does magic work? My immediate response to this was, it depends what you mean by magic. [Read more...]

Realism and non-realism

Remedios Varo, "To Be Reborn"

There are several ways in which to construe the relationship of religious discourse to the world it attempts to describe. The various positions available in both scientific and religious discourse show that the debate is not simply happening between science and religion, but also within both those discourses, and so it is not accurate to talk about either discourse as if it were a monolithic entity engaged in a titanic struggle for truth and authority with the other discourse; the whole picture is far more complex. [Read more...]


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