Exogamy and totemism, mana and taboo, the horror of incest, complex kinship systems, spell and counterspell
, puberty rituals, mutilations and tattoos, shamanic initiation experiences and paranormal powers, origin myths and the belief in the "supreme being" (not to mention other issues such as the one pertaining to the relation between magic and religion)--all these constitute an unsolvable mystery for the so-called "science" of the subaltern popular world.
While it incorporates magical elements in the pervasive fuku, it clearly locates the source of the fuku not in the realm of the magical or supernatural but in the historical world of colonialism, nationalism, and political domination, just as it locates the zafa, or counterspell, in knowledge of history, in the act of writing to break silences.
The preservation of Oscar's research and the text Yunior himself has produced become the "zafa" or counterspell to the fuku, which has been associated with traditional Dominican masculinity.
Rhodes has transformed himself into the bear as if in an ironic counterspell
and uses this figure to smash open the world of Disney's images.
It's soon evident, however, that their former powers are sorely lacking: when one of the women tries to resurrect her supernatural powers and cast a counterspell
, tragedy strikes.
Newfoundland Traditions of Spells and Counterspells
Making Witches: Newfoundland Traditions of Spells and Counterspells
Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2008.
Under the amused and scornful eyes of the villagers, he runs off to the sorcerer for counterspells
In addition to offering woman/mistress/lady as counterspells
to man/master/lord, we also can explore the language for a range of genderings in its verbs by playing with inclusive or generic verb forms.
There are seven headings: theatre and circus; sex, love and marriage; legal and political; business, shops and taverns; pleas for justice and revenge; miscellaneous; antidotes and counterspells
Years in the making, Making Witches: Newfoundland Traditions of Spells and Counterspells
delves into archives and memories to explore an underrepresented aspect of Newfoundland folklore.
Just as Barbara Rieti's Newfoundland informants referred to the Bible in order to justify deaths supposedly resulting from counterspells
(1997: 78), so Helen Creighton's Lunenburg informants quoted the passage from Exodus 22: 18, "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live" in order to defend the actions of witchmasters (1968: 25).