Chapter 6: Magic and Sorcery

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Chapter 6
Magic and Sorcery


The earliest traces of magical practice are found in the European caves of the Paleolithic Age, c. 50,000 B . C . E ., in which it seems clear that early humans sought by supernatural means to placate the spirits of the animals they killed for food, to dispel the restless spirits of the humans they had slain in territorial disputes, and to bring peace to the spirits of their deceased tribal kin. Throughout the evolving centuries to the present day, humankind continues to seek magical means of improving its lot in life, providing order to the chaos of the physical world, and winning the favor of the inhabitants of the unseen world.