From the times of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt to present times in Haiti, Australia, Africa, and anywhere else, people that are healthy have switched ill and died because a hex, curse, or maybe spell was placed upon them. There's a significant body of literature on the topic.
The techniques of declaring the curse are varied and many. It may be accomplished by doing an effigy of the target and also piercing it with pins or even burning it. Wax, cloth, clay, wood, and straw have almost all been utilized for the job. Hair or even fingernail parings from the target could be ritually hexed. Chants and singing might declare a curse. Weapons or stones might be magically charged, or maybe a container of magically endowed herbs or powders could be utilized to cast a spell.
Although approaches differ, the magic functions when there's adequate trust in its power. The sorcerer should have complete confidence in the powers of his, the victim should think that his secret is unassailable, so the community, in particular, should subscribe to the perception. The latter is particularly crucial. One can easily think of the outcome in the countries in which the society looks upon the target as dead from the second the curse becomes known. The victim might cease eating as well as a drink (as befits the dead), that serves to accelerate the end. One well-documented method of killing by suggestion is "bone pointing," a form of ritual execution occasionally practiced by the aborigines of Australia. There's no bodily contact with the target, though his fate is typically as firmly sealed as in case he had been run through the center with a spear. The pointing tool may be created of bone, wood, and stone. Belief in its magic is the thing that matters. A graphic explanation of the influences of bone pointing is provided in Dr. Herbert Basedows reserve The Australian Aboriginal, released in 1925;
A man who discovers that he is being boned by an enemy is, indeed, a pitiable sight. He stands aghast, with his eyes staring at the treacherous pointer, and with his hands lifted as though to ward off the lethal medium, which he imagines is pouring into his body. His cheeks blanch and his eyes become glassy, and the expression of his face becomes horribly distorted... He attempts to shriek, but usually, the sound chokes in his throat, and all one might see is froth at his mouth. His body begins to tremble and the muscles twist involuntarily. He sways backward and falls to the ground, and for a short time appears to be in a swoon; but soon after he begins to writhe as if in mortal agony, and, covering his face with his hands, begin to moan. After a while, he becomes more composed and crawls to his wurley (hut). From this time onwards he sickens and frets, refusing to eat, and keeping aloof from the daily affairs of the tribe. Unless help is forthcoming in the shape of a counter-charm, administered by the hands of the “Nangarri,” or medicine-man, his death is only a matter of a comparatively short time. If the coming of the medicine-man is opportune, he might be saved.
A possible biological reason for the victim's reaction to bone pointing is recommended. The effects of severe fear resemble those of great rage: the adrenal glands increase the production of theirs of adrenalin, decreasing the blood source to the less crucial areas of the body to ensure an ample source to the muscles, upon whose efficiency, for fight or flight, the lifetime of the topic might depend. Adrenalin yields this particular outcome by constricting the tiny blood vessels in the body parts which may temporarily survive a lessened blood supply.
The edge acquired in this manner, nonetheless, is accomplished at a number of prices. When blood supply is lowered, so will be the availability of oxygen, that is taken in the blood by the white corpuscles. If the fine capillary blood vessels are deprived of oxygen, they start to be far more permeable towards the blood plasma, which seeps into the tissue surrounding the blood vessel. The result of this, in an extended state of anger or fear, is a general decrease in the amount of circulating blood. This, in turn, lowers the blood pressure, in addition to a potentially disastrous cycle could subsequently be started. The lessened blood pressure levels adversely affect many areas of the body responsible for keeping the blood flow of the blood, as well as the reduced circulation further lowers the blood pressure. This particular sequence of events, if unchecked, is going to be deadly.
That a hex, spell, or maybe curse is able to rate such biological problems is mystery enough. Even more puzzling arc instances of death where medical evaluation reveals absolutely no proof of either decreased blood pressure or maybe an abnor¬ mal buildup of white blood cells. An example would be that of Kinjika, the Mailli tribesman whose death is discussed on pages 107 08. Yet another is a report by a Dr. P. S. Clarke concerning a Kanaka tribesman in North Queensland, Australia, that believed he was going to die shortly because a spell was definitely placed on him. The doctor's examinations revealed zero health issues, though several days later on the male was dead.
It'd appear that in societies where consequences of a curse are recognized as a known fact, there's no doubt that the spear of consideration is able to destroy.