More magic stuff

Paul Andinach pandinac at
Tue Oct 5 11:15:22 EDT 1999

On Sun, 3 Oct 1999 alexandra.bolintineanu at wrote:

> "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)

The idea of proper names as a method of magical control has tended to
leak out into the larger world in places. Ursula Le Guin springs to

"...the greater part of my wardrobe is black... it's a sensible
 colour. It goes with anything. Well, anything black."
  - Neil Gaiman

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