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Necromancer (page 29)

The definition of necromancy is, “the conjuration of the spirits of the dead for purposes of magically revealing the future or influencing the course of events.”  A necromancer is a person that looks to gain insight by summoning ‘spirits of divination’ in order to obtain more wisdom or possibly gain spiritual protection.

Since the Renaissance era, necromancy is now associated more with black magic and demon-summoning.  Necromancy is closely related to shamanism, which is the belief and practicing of communication with the spiritual world.  An example of this would be calling on the ghost of an ancestor. 

Necromancy was the principal form of divination in Persia and was also believed to be practiced in Egypt, Greece, Rome and Babylonia.  Medieval necromancy is believed to be derived from Arabic influences and the exorcism derived from Jewish and Christian teachings.  The Arabic-influenced rituals involve moon phases, sun placement, day and time.

Modern necromancy is still practiced in Quimbanda and is seen in other African cultures in the form of voodoo.  The spirits that are channeled and brought back to life are supposedly able to attack someone and take possession of their soul.   

For definition and etymology, see:

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/necromancer

For further information, and a picture, see:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necromancer

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamanism



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