Gender And Magic : Artificial And Biological Elements

1099 WordsDec 14, 20165 Pages
Gender and magic are two artificial concepts based on natural and biological elements (sex and the mind-related aspects, including beliefs) to organize the human societies – gender arranges social interactions and behavior while magic suggests an explanation of a supernatural world and connection to religious matters, which can be used to influence our societies. These concepts appear to have influence on each other and have been studied on for thousands of years. A huge amount of these works have been performed on the Old Norse mythology, sagas and gods. Although both men and women have practiced magic in Norse literature, it is explicitly pointed out in most stories that men, by using most forms of magic, were taking on a female art, which meant risking their reputation and manliness. It is sad to acknowledge that most of these findings have categorized magic into just masculine or just feminine, not both or any other groups, making the complex relationship between Norse magic and gender often unfitting (disqualifying) or unclear. While there have been a large observations and notices of behaviors and characters that went beyond the binary categories, such as Loki the male wily trickster god of Norse mythology that usually took on the form of a female or the common theme of cross-dressing in many Icelandic sagas, forcing magic-related events and methods into either only male or only female just does not make sense – as these data are not belong in solely one to be
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