a plant Origin History i
ntroduces us to an

important variety of magic, one to
put alongside Frazer's double-layered

sympathetic magic of Similarity a
nd Contact. For now we see that cha

Want to learn the history of nting or w
hispering or simply just thinking a th

ing's origin gives

the ritualist p

ower over it. But let us not forget that her

e too it is necessary to make

a simulacrum, a verb

al, toneful,

simulacrum, by means of cha

nting over or under one's breat
h the birth-his
tory of the thing in ques

tion. This puts the power

of historicism in a new light. Indeed

the theme of knowing something's history, in the sense

of its conception and reproduction, i

s basic and ubiquitous to Cuna magic. It is on

e of the meanings of purpa ("soul" and

spirit) given earlier. As Chapin put it: The "origin history