A Brief History of Magic

The history of magic is a long one. Magic was practiced as early as 50,000 B.C. The prehistoric people used magic rites for many different things, including spells for anything from healing to making sure hunting grounds were plentiful. They often had festivities based on magic. Drawings and carvings found on cave walls were also a form of magic, and were often part of the festivities. The magic was in the power of the mind-prehistoric people believed that the drawings drew the animals to them in the hunting trips.

Prehistoric shamans believed that carrying an amulet or other magic figures provided them with daily living needs-from crops to punishments and rewards to good hunting. These beliefs carried over into the time of the ancient Egyptians, who also used amulets, magic figures and rites. The Egyptians also used crystal balls.

Time moved into the Middle Ages, and the magic was passed down through the centuries. Europeans believed in magic. While they believe that magic was powerful, at the same time, they thought it was sinful. As the years passed, magic was spread throughout the different, newer regions as people carried their beliefs with them from place to place.

Magic progressed to the point where people believed that you could tell a lot about another person-more specifically, his or her character. "Magicians" used many things, including the hand, moles and facial features to "determine" another person's character.

As science became more prevalent (after the 1600s), magic was proven to be "magic," and scientific evidence took over. In today's day and age, there are some that believe in witchcraft and magic, but other than reading a daily horoscope, it is mostly used in magic shows or by seers who charge people to read their future.

Most people do not realize it, but superstitions are a form of magic. If you believe that something will or will not happen upon an action taken by yourself (or another)-a superstition-you believe in the power of magic. Superstitions include black cats, walking under ladders and carrying a rabbit's foot or other trinket.

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