Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Should we call it "magic?"

MAGICAL CONTROVERSY: Why Magic? Some Reflections on Terminology in the Study of Ancient Ritual (Korshi Dosoo, The Coptic Magical Papyri Blog).

This post contains a good critique of the late Marvin Meyer's attempt to replace "magic" with "ritual power." I used that term for a while. That taught me not to be an early adopter.

"Magic" it is, until someone comes up with something that we all agree is better.

Shaily Patel also has a recent good essay in AJR on the same topic. And I have also discussed it here (scroll to the end).

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