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in religion and superstition, the practice of manipulating and controlling the course of nature by preternatural means. Magic is based upon the belief that the universe is populated by unseen forces or spirits that permeate all things.
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Enchantment(religion, spiritualism, and occult)
Sometimes used to describe a spell or charm placed on someone or something. Elves and fairies were especially thought to enchant people and animals.
fairy godfather to Italian Cinderella. [Ital. Opera: Rossini, Cinderella, Westerman, 120–121]
under spell, grows ass’s head. [Br. Lit.: A Midsummer Night’s Dream]
enchantment lasts only till midnight. [Fr. Fairy Tale: Cinderella]
enchantress who changes Odysseus’s men into swine. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey; Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
Land of Oz
evil spirit who, by casting a spell, induces Christabel to bring her into her father’s castle. [Br. Lit.: S.T. Coleridge “Christabel” in Benét, 195]
bewitching realm of magic and mystery. [Am. Lit.: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz]
water nymph of the Rhine; lured sailors to their doom with her singing. [Ger. Folklore: Leach, 645]
enchanter; one of Charlemagne’s paladins. [Fr. Folk-lore: Harvey, 526]
bewitches Antonia into singing despite doctor’s orders. [Fr. Opera: Offenbach, Tales of Hoffmann, Westerman, 275–276]
fairy king orders love charm placed on wife. [Br. Lit.: A Midsummer Night’s Dream]
his singing opens the gates of the underworld. [Ger. Opera: Gluck, Orpheus and Euridyce, Westerman, 72]
charms children of Hamelin with music. [Children’s Lit.: “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” in Dramatic Lyrics, Fisher, 279–281]
Irish fairy spell that distorts reality. [Irish Folklore: Briggs, 327–328]
ascribes all his misfortunes to the machinations of enchanters. [Span. Lit.: Cervantes Don Quixote]
spins yams for Sultan for 1001 nights. [Arab. Lit.: Arabian Nights]
Czech Orpheus; bagpipe music moves even Queen Iceheart. [Czech Opera: Weinberger, Schwanda, Westerman, 412]
with song, bird-women lure sailors to death. [Gk. Myth.: Odyssey]
sleeps for 100 years. [Fr. Fairy Tale, The Sleeping Beauty]
Van Winkle, Rip
experiences spell-induced fascination over Bottom. [Br. Lit.: A Midsummer Night’s Dream]
returns to village after sleep of 20 years. [Am. Lit.: The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.]
indicates bewitching powers. [Flower Symbolism: Flora S ymbo lica, 178]
the Lady of the Lake, enchantress and mistress of Merlin. [Br. Lit.: Barnhart, 1118]