Equally ancient and unBuddhist in origin is the theory of sympathetic magic.
The ritual was sympathetic magic, and it was securing the food supply.
But from barbarism arises the sympathetic magic of agriculture, which the lowest races do not practise.
It will be seen how closely the principle of sympathetic magic is followed.
That ritual was a form of sympathetic magic, and the myth explained the performances.
Even in England vestiges of sympathetic magic can be detected.
(i) Under the first head he included such rites as mimetic dances, rain-making, disease-making, and sympathetic magic generally.
The witchcraft mainly relies on ‘sympathetic magic,’ on perforating a clay image of an enemy with needles and so forth.
This is another evidence of the widespread belief in sympathetic magic.
Many instances of symbolical or sympathetic magic of the same kind might be collected from the usages of other races.