April 16, 2013
Blogging From A to Z April Challenge Day Fourteen: N is for Necromancy
Necromancy is yet another term we often use without understanding what it means. Many people use necromancer as a name for someone, particularly a man, who practices black magic. While this usage is somewhat accurate, it does not entirely capture the meaning of the word.
Necromancy is a form of magic that allows the practitioner to communicate with the dead. Does that sound like seances or the work of a medium? While it might, keep in mind that I said necromancers practice black magic.
One common feature of black magic across cultures is grave robbing.Necromancers might wear the clothing or jewelry a deceased person owned in an attempt to communicate with that person.Necromancers might even use different organs of the deceased in the magical rites. Sometimes this involves consuming different organs from the deceased.
You have my permission to throw up now.
One famous fictional instance of necromancy is portrayed in Homer's Odyssey. Odysseus leverages Circe's knowledge to perform the necessary rites to call upon the dead, especially Tiresias. If you remember, Odysseus performs the rites at night around a roaring fire, saying specific spells while offering blood sacrifices.
In some tales necromancy is used to reanimate the dead, which come back as almost zombies. The necromancer can command the dead to do his will until the spell is broken.
Often necromancers perform their ceremonies in a place of death, like a graveyard.