Week 5: Magic

Amulet Any object worn or carried around to ward off evil, disease, etc.
Centrifugal forces Diversifying forces of local, popular religion as evidenced in the rise of proprietary churches and highly localized saints
Centripetal forces Centralizing, top-down forces aimed at homogenizing religious practice
Humorism The belief, of Greek origin, that bodily well-being is governed by a balance of four fluids or “humours”: blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile
Middle practices Karen Jolly’s term to describe medical and religious practices that combine elements of Christian and non-Christian origin, e.g. charms using Christian words or rituals
Sympathetic medicine The application of ingredients resembling the cause, symptoms, or body parts in question