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homeopathic magic

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imitative magic

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1.
magic that attempts to control the universe through the mimicking of a desired event, as by stabbing an image of an enemy in an effort to destroy him or her or by performing a ritual dance imitative of the growth of food in an effort to secure an abundant supply; a branch of sympathetic magic based on the belief that similar actions produce similar results.
Also called homeopathic magic.
Compare contagious magic.
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  • homeopathic magic: the principle that things which resemble one another will interact.

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