Classification of Magic
Magic has been classified into two main types.
Imitative or Sympathetic Magic
Imitative magic is based on similarity. It is the idea that like produce like”. In imitative magic the magicians acts similarly to the desired result. For example if anyone to be make torture, his statue is to be beaten on the head in the hope that it will become mentally tortured. Similarly if a rejected lover may make his statue through magician and some special procedure is followed the lover would be succeed is his mission. In some societies if the people want rain, the magician produce smoke which is the symbol of could in the hope that it will give rain. These practices are passes through a specific procedure by the magician. In other societies, persons are sacrifices to give tears and this will be considered as the symbol of rain.
Contagious magic is based on the principles that things or persons which come once is contact to one another can influence each other after separation. For example, the relationship between man and his body parts which remains is close and permanent contact to one another. In tribes where contagious magic is in practice, people conceal their teeth, mails and hairs because they fear that if these things might touched by the enemies who can easily give harm to the owner of the teeth or nail by practicing magic on it. Contagious magic is in practice in Bangladesh, Africa, India and some extent in Pakistan.