Unformatted text preview: ritualistic spells to ensure a good harvest and weather. To the natives and from an emic point of view, magic is necessary to ward of evil sprits. Although, from an outsider or etic point of view it seems as if they do not believe that the basic elements of gardening such as sunlight, rain, and fertilizer are enough to ensure a good harvest and thus depend on magic to help with the rest. Also, an outsider may view these gardening rituals as barbaric and ludicrous, but we must apply cultural relativism and not compare or judge another cultures practices based on our own. In addition, eating from a harvest that was not given a proper ceremony will result in sickness. The natives have always viewed magic with great care and believe it is a necessity for a good harvest and to avoid future karma....
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- Spring '08
- Anthropology, Bronislaw Malinowski, good harvest