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In this paper Im going to compare religion and magic with the help of texts used in the ethnographies Number our Days by Barbara Myerhoff and The trobrianders of papua new guinea by Annette BWeinerAfter reading both of these books these are the some points I came up with Everyone does practice religion It is a habit and it is beautifulMyerhoff234 This line describes itself Religion was and even now is practiced almost everywhere in the world On the other hand magic is practiced by only few people in the places described in the trobriander islands The most powerful magic spells for sorcery are known by only a handful of men Many but by no means all of them are chiefs Others must seek out one of these men and ask him to perform his craftWeiner39 So everyone used sacred books not only for wisdom but for enjoyment Myerhoff58 Shmuel explains myerhoff how religion was adopted by the kids Religion is looked upon with respect and emotions - Because from the depths of ur heart you seek god and you should feel that brings you upBut right awayyou realize that youre in presence of godYour body vibrates with how high he is and how are you very small Myerhoff53Magic is belived cause of fear and used for bad consequences Every death that occurs is believed to be the result of sorcery effected by specialist who chants magic spells into victims betel nut or tobaccoWeiner34but even when a child dies villagers sees this death as an attack against the continued power of the martilineage for the next generationWeiner35Even greater fear is felt when when girls or women of child bearing age diefor then villagers believe that someone desires the destruction of the entire matrilineage itslef Weiner36Nobody doubts about religion unless he or she has education we could not question things That is just how things are supposed to be God said
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