More magic stuff

alexandra.bolintineanu at utoronto.ca alexandra.bolintineanu at utoronto.ca
Sun Oct 3 13:47:49 EDT 1999



Just a wee note--interestingly enough, quite a few DWJ characters perform
magic/deal with magic through some form of  storytelling (like Sophie, who
makes up stories for her hats, or Tanaqui, who weaves her own story, or
Moril, who "tells the truth" through his cwidder).  Well, I found this
fascinating little note in the preface of the "Kalevala", the Finnish
epic:

"A peculiarity of Finnish magic is what is called 'the word of origin'.
To control or banish an evil power, it is sufficient to know and to repeat
to it its proper name, and to relate the history of its creation."  (W. F.
Kirby)

Alexandra

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