When Gmelch learned about the Trobriand Islanders, their beliefs in magic reminded him of his experience playing professional baseball: Like the Trobrianders, American baseball players use “magic” in specific situations and for certain ends.
In this GD, compare and contrast Trobriander magic and American baseball magic:
- Discuss one specific example of how the Trobrianders and American baseball players are similar in their magical beliefs or practices.
- Discuss one specific example of how the Trobrianders and American baseball players differ in their magical beliefs or practices.
- (Optional or if your response is less than 200 words): Describe one way that you or someone you know uses “magic” (e.g. ritual, fetish, or taboo) and explain its purpose.