Author Topic: magical and metaphysical link with electrical systems of the body  (Read 6234 times)

Offline longman3575

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What's the meaning of the underlined part? Would you paraphrase it?

Amber and jet are both organic minerals derived from trees. Jet is fossilized conifer wood, found in many places around the world but most notably along the northeast coast of England. Amber is the fossilized pine resin of ancient forests, buried millions of years ago. Historically, amber's main sources were the Baltic and North Sea coasts, although it is now found in many places worldwide. Both amber and jet are soft, light and easily worked, and have therefore been used for thousands of years to create objects used in ritual and ceremony. They can be polished to a high degree, and when rubbed on some materials will build up a static charge that will attract small pieces of cloth, hair or paper. This characteristic reflects the gems' magical and metaphysical link with the electrical systems of the body.   

Offline Britta

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Re: magical and metaphysical link with electrical systems of the body
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2013, 07:55:35 am »
They can be polished to a high degree, and when rubbed on some materials will build up a static charge that will attract small pieces of cloth, hair or paper. This characteristic reflects the gems' magical and metaphysical link with the electrical systems of the body.   

Well... You can do this with any odd plastic spoon.
Anyway, what the passage postulates is that the built-up of static electricity "proves" that gems are magically and metaphysicalyl linked with the electrical system of the body (nerves "talk" to each other by exchanging electrical impulses).
« Last Edit: August 29, 2013, 07:58:36 am by Britta »
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