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CHAPTER IV

DIVINATION AND MAGIC — THE ACCEPTANCE OF OMENS

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the preceding chapter will have prepared us for the close and intimate relation between Divination and Magic. The witch, for example, who remarked to her victim, " I shall live to see thee rot on the Earth before I die and thy cows shall fall and die at my feet," 2 was not so much predicting an event as casting a spell. In the Isle of Man fairies made "a mock christening when any woman was near her time, and according to what child male or female they brought, such should the woman

1 Iliad\. 106.

2 Mary Smith, tried before Robert Hunt, March 8, 1664. Glanvil, of. fit. p. 309.

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