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Fragmentary evidence in plantation records, diaries, slave narratives, interviews with former slaves, and folklore collections suggest that slaves used their own healing methods, perhaps derived from traditional African herbal medicine, in order to avoid the imposition of remedies prescribed by white doctors. Wherever possible, slaves apparently consulted black midwives, nurses, herbalists, root doctors, and magicians. In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, some black healers and magicians claimed the ability to protect slaves from whites and from other slaves. Some African healing traditions, especially those linked to spirituality and religion, as well as medicinal teas, herbs, poultices, prayers, songs, and sickbed gatherings, presumably survived in black families and communities after the Civil War.
When the Greek historian Herodotus visited Babylonia in the fifth century b.c.e., he reached the remarkable conclusion that the Babylonians had no doctors. The sick, he said, were taken to the marketplace to seek advice from those who had experienced similar illnesses. This story proves only that we should not take the tales told by tourists too seriously. As we have seen, Mesopotamia had a complex medical tradition. Both the empirical and the magical approach to healing were well established, but eventually the balance of power apparently tilted in favor of the magician. Evidence about the various kinds of healers who practiced the art in the region can be extracted from the most complete account of Babylonian law, the Code of Hammurabi. Today, Hammurabi (fl. 1792-1750 b.c.e), Babylonia's most famous king, is of more interest for the code of laws bearing his name than for his military and political triumphs.
In the absence of legally recognized professional qualifications and standards, virtually anyone could claim to be a physician. Thus, to secure his reputation and compete with quacks and magicians, the physician had to prove that medicine was an art and a science that could promote health and cure disease. Complaints about ignorant physicians and outright quacks appear in many Hippocratic texts, suggesting that the profession was already plagued by impostors who were bringing disrepute to the art.
Herbs were known in Europe as a very important way of improving health. In ancient China, herbs were known and used even since 770 BCE, and in Mesopotamia approximately since 2000 BCE. In Mesopotamia alone, plants such as Papaver somniferum and Atropa belladonna have served a purpose, and the use of Datura metel, Cannabis sativa and the mushroom Amanita muscaria can be traced to ancient India. Moreover, plants containing alkaloids have been historically used for other purposes. Hunters, priests, medicine men, witches and magicians have all been known to use alkaloidal plants. Humans have used alkaloids as poisons in weapons581. The most poisonous alkaloids such as aconitine and tubocarine were used in ancient time as poisons for arrows. Especially in Africa, these weapons have been used in tribal warfare, where the poisons (alkaloids) were generally prepared from plants but also from animal sources as toads, snakes and frogs582 583. Poisoned arrows have also been used in Asia,...
Hordes of demons and devils were thought to cause diseases and misfortune each evil spirit tended to cause particular disorders. As in the case of folk medicine and so-called-primitive medicine, Mesopotamian healers also attempted to rid their patients of disease-causing demons by the administration of noxious remedies. Enveloped in the aroma of burning feathers, and liberally dosed with dog dung and pig's gall, the patient hardly seemed an inviting abode for demons and devils. The magician might also try to transfer the demon into a surrogate victim, such as an animal or a magical figure. Sometimes healers engaged disease-causing demons in a formal dialogue, as in a conversation between the priest and the ''tooth worm'' recorded about 2250 b.c.e. While an incantation entitled ''The Worm and the Toothache'' hardly sounds like a major epic, this dialogue is a rich source of cosmological concepts and creation myths.
Fundamentals of Magick
Magick is the art and practice of moving natural energies to effect needed or wanted change. Magick is natural, there is absolutely nothing supernatural about it. What is taught here are various techniques of magick for beginners. Magick is natural and simple and the techniques to develop abilities should be simple and natural as well. What is taught on this site is not only the basics of magick, but the basics of many things.