• We think of religion as the symbolic expression of our highest moral ideals; we think of magic as a crude aggregate of superstitions. Religious belief seems to become mere superstitious credulity if we admit any relationship with magic. On the other hand our anthropological and ethnographical material makes it extremely difficult to separate the two fields.

    Ernst Cassirer, Maureen Lukay (2006). “An essay on man: an introduction to a philosophy of human culture”, Meiner Verlag