contagious magic

  1. magic that attempts to affect a person through something once connected with them, such as a shirt once worn by the person or a footprint left in the sand; a branch of sympathetic magic based on the belief that things once in contact are in some way permanently so, however separated physically they may subsequently become.: Compare imitative magic.

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How to use contagious magic in a sentence

  • The examples from this last group illustrate Frazers distinction between contagious magic and imitative magic.

    Totem and Taboo | Sigmund Freud
  • According to Frazer this may be practised by itself, whereas contagious magic as a rule presupposes the imitative.

    Totem and Taboo | Sigmund Freud