February 2015

Similia Similibus: Sympathy in Magic and Cursing

February 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Female curse figurine pierced by needles. Scholarship on curses often explores the significance of cursing rituals—how did performers of curses expect them to work? Did they believe that the malicious things they wished upon their target would come true? For example, a famous “voodoo doll” at the Louvre depicts a female figure with nails driven into various points on the body. Did the person who made this curse hope that the woman would literally suffer from being pierced, or was Read the full post...