Re: How prevalent is magic?

From: michaelL <michaelalewis25_at_...>
Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2012 18:17:35 -0000

Working on it. When I come to a question in the book, I ask it, otherwise, I'll most likely forget it. Thanks.  

> Second, in Glorantha, Magic is EVERYWHERE, EVERY MOMENT.
> Don't think like a 21st century westerner; try to break the frame.

Yeah, it's hard to do that most times. That's why the question.  

> Bringing Babies in this World is Magic, with our without the protective rituals for the mother and child danced by the Ernalda midwives in the women's loom house.

> Growing barley is Magic, with our without the mighty Carl plowing a whole field in two hours alone with his two oxen, thanks to his prayers to Barntar.

> "Magic" doesn't always mean "flashy magic" ! There are some men (and a few women) who can fly and shoot lightning from their swordtips. They are mostly weaponthanes, professional fighters. They're not an example to follow for normal people. "the first need is Provision ; defense comes next".

Yeah, I like this better than being able to "send thoughts" and "instantly clean things".

It feels to me that someone from the 20th century who was teleported to a Sartar clan would be able to dismiss most magic as superstition. Like these reality shows of Finding Bigfoot. Unless they saw for themselves people flying in the air. Holidays(holydays) seem to be an exception when "ghosts" come down from the urn fields or when people can see the God World.

If fact it would be very interesting to hear what a person from the 20th century would report back if he was observing such a thing.

For instance, on Ancestor day when they come back to eat. It seems the community gathers outside the house and hear in a loud voice if the ancestor accepts the food or likes what they see. If I was outside, I would be skeptical if this "voice" was a long dead ancestor rather than someone pretending to be such ancestor.

My 2 cents              

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