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Legion. An amalgamated journal.

At the admissions office

When a youth applies to a witch-doctor for tuition the transference is much shorter and is complicated by payments, and by the formation of personal attitudes, which have to be built up outside family and household. The young man is asked by his future teacher whether he is quite certain that he wishes to be initiated and is exhorted to consider the dangers which may beset his relations and himself if he attempts to acquire the magic half-heartedly. He will also be reminded that the magic is rare and expensive, and that his teacher will require frequent and substantial gifts. If he persists in his desire to become a practitioner the older man will consent to teach him the art. His relatives are unlikely to object if their poison oracle foresees no unfortunate outcome for the youth or themselves.

E. E. Evans-Pritchard, Witchcraft, Oracles, and Magic Among the Azande (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1976), 90–91.

Garrett Dash Nelson

October 26th, 2008 at 4:04 pm