Monday, June 11, 2007

Conjuror, Conjurer, Conjuration Native American

Indian conjuror, engraving by G. Veen after a watercolor by John White"Indian conjuror" engraving by G. Veen after a watercolor by John White. printed 1590. White and others distinguish between Native priests and conjurors. The latter seem to be more associated with trances. High Resolution Image
A Priest and A Conjurer by Simon Gribelin"A Priest and a Conjurer in their proper Habits," Engraving by Simon Gribelin. From Robert Beverly, History and Present State of Virginia, London 1705. A Priest and A Conjurer by Simon Gribelin
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The man, facing half-right, is shown in a dancing posture with the left leg raised behind, the right arm lifted, and the left arm above his head. He has a girdle of skin (or string) around the waist from which hang his breech-clout and bag. The former is a reddish skin reaching nearly to the knees and folded over the girdle to leave the animal's mask hanging down in front. A. DRAWING BY JOHN WHITE Plate 48

Conjuration From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Rituals and equipment - As an evocation, a conjuration is the act of summoning one or more spirits with a predetermined purpose by means of a charm. This typically means that the conjurer will perform some ritual to call upon the spirit.

Some conjurations have as a requisite a previous ritual of purification of body, mind and soul to attract the spirit or avoid the danger this entity could represent.

Some think that for a better result the conjurer must wear special clothes and/or ornaments, and amulets for attraction and/or protection. Magic symbols drawn on the floor and/or altar and embroidered on the clothes are often used, having each one a specific purpose. The hour of the day or night and the planetary aspects (astrological configuration of the zodiac) are considered important, depending on the purpose of the conjuration.

A special atmosphere is generally preferred in the room or place in which the ritual is going to be performed, using specific aromatic resins and herbs (incense, myrrh, etc.), and lighting the place with candles or torches if possible.
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