A kind of magic

I think Janet has been watching too many horror movies. Why else would a primary school teacher be thinking about voodoo?

A nine-year-old boy in her class was riding a motorbike last weekend (people do say kids need to go outdoors and take more risks), when a tree stepped into his path.

The surgeon said his femur had split like a banana, and when Janet visited him, the lad had an external metal brace bolted to the bone. I would have found this pretty amazing, but it was the teddy bear that caught Janet’s eye.

Nurses had given him a teddy with a bandaged leg, a nice touch in these straitened times, which will no doubt help his recovery. Janet thought it looked like a voodoo doll. Those mannequins people stick pins in to hurt enemies? A form of sympathetic magic, where inanimate objects somehow become the people they represent. The worship of graven images, relics, icons and signed guitars – this sort of thing has been around forever.


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