- Study and practice of ritual activities intended to control or influence human or natural events through the invocation of external and impersonal mystical forces beyond the ordinary human sphere; typical ritual activities include the manipulation of special objects and the recitation of spells. [October 1994 scope note added; related term added.]
- Range of studies, theories, and practices involving a belief in and knowledge or use of supernatural forces or beings, the goal of practice being the manipulation or subversion of natural laws to achieve some desired purpose. [November 1994 related term added. October 1994 scope note added; lead-in terms added; alternate term added. July 1994 related term added. January 1994 related term added.]
- Use for the professionally oriented study of theater, involving training, practice, and study in the processes of doing theater. For the academically oriented study of theater, use "drama." [August 1995 descriptor changed, was "theater". April 1993 related term added.]
- Those who practice witchcraft. [October 1994 descriptor added.]
Please use this image credit line: Open Access Image from the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University
August Jean-Baptiste Meurice,
The Three Sorceresses,
DAC accession number 1970.20.2.
Purchase funds, 1970.
Open Access Image from the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University
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