More magic stuff
pandinac at tartarus.uwa.edu.au
Tue Oct 5 11:15:22 EDT 1999
On Sun, 3 Oct 1999 alexandra.bolintineanu at utoronto.ca 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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