An article published by the Chicago Tribune and reprinted in the New York Times claims to offer a fascinating insight into the history of magic in ancient China.
The article states that the Chinese used “beads” and “bunnies” to create magical illusions, but the term “mystics” comes from the belief that “the magical powers of an illusion are not real, but are only a reflection of a wish.”
“The magic of myriads of years in the distant past is still felt today by Chinese people, but it is not a magic tradition,” the article continues.
“In fact, the ancient Chinese had a distinct and very real fear of magic, and used a number of spells to protect themselves from its harmful effects.”
In an interview with the paper, the author said the term mystics, like herrts, were originally used in China as an expression for a person who was a magician.
“There were many people in the ancient world who were also mystics,” the author told the Tribune.
“A lot of the myths and legends have been attributed to these people, and we now have the Chinese term for mystics that translates as ‘mystic artists.'”
The author, who was able to speak Chinese with an interpreter, said the phrase “mystic art” was used to describe the art of using magic to enhance or enhance one’s own life.
The article does not address whether or not magic actually existed in China, or whether its practitioners had any supernatural powers.
“The ancient Chinese thought that magic was a very serious business, and they were very strict about it,” the paper quoted the author as saying.
“They had this belief that magic could only be performed by those who had an advanced understanding of it, or who had the ability to use it as a weapon.”
“There was a belief that this was the work of a higher power that was trying to use magic, to take over and control people,” she continued.
“If the magician was able, then it would lead to the destruction of the world.”