envoûtement

General - A form of sympathetic magic. This is the art of harming another person by making a (wax) model of that person and casting spells on it. An image or model of the intended victim, made of wood or wax and incorporating hair or nail clippings from that person, has pins stuck into it while spells are recited over it. Alternatively, the image may be mutilated or thrown into a river. The victim should then fall ill or die. Called envoûtement, sympathetic magic, sympathetic magic or envoutement.

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