It has been proven that the black continent of Africa (particularly the East African Subregion and the Sub-Saharan Africa) is host to the ancient civilization of man, and can also be said to be the birth place of the evolution of modern man from the ancient hominin species. But more so, magic is as old as the known and recorded history of the earliest men. The believers of magic (and magicians) have the strong belief that every occurence has their root in the spiritual and supernatural forces - of course, this is not part of the areas of observable and testable science, because it does not follow scientific methodologies. Those that practice the act of magic are called "magicians".
Magicians have been looked upon as people that process supernatural abilities to influence and ultimately control events that occur, and they are said to wield unusual spiritual forces. In the pre-colonial Africa, societies (communities and kingdoms) did employ the services of magicians in hunting, birth, death, curing of the sick, warfare and whatnot. A well known scenario is that of the Dogon tribe of West Africa (ancient Mali). In the ancient times, the Dogon tribe was well known for astronomy, and through the use of magic, they were able to predict the trajectory of many Stellar bodies; including the Sirus B Star - which is not visible to the unaided eye. Awesomely enough, modern day scientific discoveries have proven these predictions to be true.
How do these work? People claim that magicians can only wield these excessive powers after they have contacted with certain spirits or deities that carry supernatural powers, and these contacts can be made by incantations, enchantments, tributes, etc. These deities can come in the form of known or unknown figures (spirits of the dead, animals, landmarks, water bodies, trees, etc), which their summon can be for good or evil - according to the practices of ancient Africa; as passed on by "oral tradition".
Come to think of these; how were the ancient men so precise with stellar predictions, meteorological predictions, and understanding of the solar system (sun, stars, and planets) without using any scientific apparatus? That is why there has been a popular belief that magic precedes observable science in Africa; and of course; in the wider world. There is also a close intersection between religion and magic - firstly; both of them believe in the supernatural, and they believe that physical occurrences have spiritual undertone. Secondly; they are not within the jurisdiction of observable and verifiable science.
The truth is; even with the outburst of science and technology, spirituality has survived till this present times - and more often than not, one can witness an occurence that cannot be explained scientifically; this has led to some people attaching superstitious beliefs to certain happenings. Even in present times, magicians tend to incorporate some bit of science into the act of magic and can be used for stage presentation. Most times, these could have a rather scientific undertone than spiritual, but because of the professionalism they employ in the act (like excessive slight of hand, which; in its remotest sense; cannot be classified as magic) they tend to make people believe it is purely magic: Just like the stage presentation of Chris Angel that has been bursted and revealed in this video.
A very important field where ancient magic has survived till present time is in the area of astrology. This has to do with the belief (which could be superstitious) that the occurrences in people's lives and their future is heavily dependent on the position of the elements of constellations when the person is born. In other words, they believe that stars play vital role in determining the "destiny" of an individual - well, that is what astrologers believe in.
Also, in this modern times, a particular form of magic that has survived; though not very popular as much as astrology; is "palmistry" (which can be called chiromancy), which is a form of reading and analyzing the patterns of the hand to foretell the future of an individual. Palmists believe that everyone's future is represented on the palms of their hands, and reading them can tell what the future holds for someone - though this has been classified by academians and scientists as pseudoscience; of course it does no follow any known scientific methodology. Some philosophy scholars have classified this as a branch of metaphysics. The truth is; your strong belief in either of magic or religion negates your belief in science and vice versa. But whether or not magic does exist is not a question of contention, it is only a matter of belief and everyone is absolutely entitled to their own belief. I ask you; what do you believe?
Authored by @samminator
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