9May2017 Contextual Study

Perhaps the Asian witchcraft is not known than African witchcraft or European witchcraft, but it is still an important derivative of ancient witchcraft. A great example of how this can work is to look at Chinese conceptions of witchcraft. Even though the great mystical sages weren’t always martial artists, there was a clear belief that witchcraft and mind were connected.

Chinese witchcraft is deeply entrenched in elements of mysticism, religion and art. Its purpose is to curse one’s enemies using magic. Witches are often considered a humble career, and the ceremony is often performed by older women. Chinese witchcraft influenced Japanese onmyodo.

 

But unlike Chinese witchcraft, Japanese witchcraft is popular with people. This is the result of the different rulers of the two country governments. Since ancient times, the Chinese rulers like to put pressure and intimidation on the people so that they could consolidate the purpose of the rule.

However, the Japanese rulers liked to achieve the purpose of consolidating the rule by giving grace to the people and making people grateful to him. In Japan, the shamanistic religion Shinto has always been widely accepted along with Buddhism, so the Japanese never attached negative connotations to witchcraft, and the word “witch” may often be used with positive connotation in Japanese language. Whether it is used to suppress people or win over people, witchcraft is always indispensable for the rulers to control the country.

So in the north of Asia, witchcraft is an indispensable part of the ruling country as a connection between yin and yang religion. The people of North Asia worship its mystery. For them, witchcraft was also a foreign culture long time ago. However, for people in Southeast Asia, witchcraft is their unique noble culture.

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