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Not to be confused with MagicalNegro or TokenWizard, though both overlap from time to time. Often results in ReligionIsMagic.

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Not to be confused with MagicalNegro or TokenWizard, though both overlap from time to time. Often results in ReligionIsMagic.
ReligionIsMagic. Related to MagicalRomani.


* when the pilot Jose Maraleda (who really existed by the way) wished to prove his proficiency to these huilliches (Mapudungun means "southern people") and establish that he was the most formidable sorcerer in the world. The locals didn't believe him and called upon the Machi Chilpilla, who lived in Quetalco, to confront this intruder to their lands. Moraleda was defeated and in recognition of this offered the Machi an enormous book of ancient witchcraft around the world. Further, Moraleda wrote that the natives of Chiloé were not as deplorable as he had believed and, in fact, were even better than some Chileans. This being the origin story of the "Warlock of Chiloé."

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* when When the pilot Jose Maraleda (who really existed by the way) wished to prove his proficiency to these huilliches (Mapudungun means "southern people") and establish that he was the most formidable sorcerer in the world. The locals didn't believe him and called upon the Machi Chilpilla, who lived in Quetalco, to confront this intruder to their lands. Moraleda was defeated and in recognition of this offered the Machi an enormous book of ancient witchcraft around the world. Further, Moraleda wrote that the natives of Chiloé were not as deplorable as he had believed and, in fact, were even better than some Chileans. This being the origin story of the "Warlock of Chiloé."


* Justified in another ''TabletopGame/WorldOfDarkness'' gameline ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' due to the way the setting's metaphysics work. In universe, magic works around and is flavored by the belief of the practitioner. As mages are fundamentally human, and takes place in an UrbanFantasy setting, many of he playable factions are based off of real life mystical practices that take on many ancient culture's aesthetics and beliefs. In-universe these practices are passed down from mentor to student for hundreds if not thousands of years. This results in many rituals and spells taking on a thourghly "ethnic feel". It's important to note that ethnicity is by no means necessary to practice magic, just that the form any given rituals may take are likely to be colored by the specific mage performing it and how much stock they tools they are using.
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* Justified in another ''TabletopGame/WorldOfDarkness'' gameline ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' Justified due to the way the setting's metaphysics work. In work.
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universe, magic works around and is flavored by the belief of the practitioner. As mages are fundamentally human, and the game takes place in an UrbanFantasy setting, many of he playable factions are based off of real life mystical practices that and take on many ancient culture's aesthetics and beliefs. beliefs.
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In-universe these practices are passed down from mentor to student for hundreds if not thousands of years. This results in many rituals and spells taking on a thourghly thoroughly "ethnic feel". feel".
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It's important to note that ethnicity of any kind is by no means necessary to practice magic, just magic. Just that the form any given rituals may take are likely to be colored by the specific mage performing it it, and how much stock they place in the tools they are using.
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* Justified in another ''TabletopGame/WorldOfDarkness'' gameline ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' due to the way the setting's metaphysics work. In universe, magic works around and is flavored by the belief of the practitioner. As mages are fundamentally human, and takes place in an UrbanFantasy setting, many of he playable factions are based off of real life mystical practices that take on many ancient culture's aesthetics and beliefs. In-universe these practices are passed down from mentor to student for hundreds if not thousands of years. This results in many rituals and spells taking on a thourghly "ethnic feel". It's important to note that ethnicity is by no means necessary to practice magic, just that the form any given rituals may take are likely to be colored by the specific mage performing it and how much stock they tools they are using.
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* Mild examples in ''Literature/NightWatch'', since this is an UrbanFantasy setting, many powerful [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Others]] are very old, and don't usually talk about their origins. Geser is a powerful Light Other, originally from Tibet, although he has adopted a Russian name after moving to Moscow and his vaguely Asian appearance doesn't seem strange to people (considering how many ethnic groups live in Russia, it's not surprising). He is, occasionally, seen walking around in an Eastern robe and pointy shoes. Zabulon's origins are unclear, although an old friend of his calls him Arthur in a spin-off novel, and another novel indicates that he lived in Ireland for a time, so he may have been born in the isles thousands of years ago. The latest novel also introduces a powerful Jewish mage whose spells tend to be related to his culture in some manner (for example, he creates a golem to fight the Tiger and commands it in Hebrew). Overall, it's not that magic is different from culture to culture (MagicAIsMagicA, after all), but the way the Others use magic tends to be affected by their culture. For example, Western Others tend to go for more direct magic. When Anton meets a Taiwanese Other, he notes how intricate and beautiful the Oriental mage's spells are, composed of multiple interconnected layers like a tapestry.

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* Mild examples in ''Literature/NightWatch'', since this is an UrbanFantasy setting, many powerful [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Others]] are very old, and don't usually talk about their origins. Geser is a powerful Light Other, originally from Tibet, although he has adopted a Russian name after moving to Moscow and his vaguely Asian appearance doesn't seem strange to people (considering how many ethnic groups live in Russia, it's not surprising). He is, occasionally, seen walking around in an Eastern robe and pointy shoes. Zabulon's origins are unclear, although an old friend of his calls him Arthur in a spin-off novel, and another novel indicates that he lived in Ireland for a time, so he may have been born in the isles thousands of years ago. The latest novel also introduces a powerful Jewish mage whose spells tend to be related to his culture in some manner (for example, he creates a golem to fight the Tiger and commands it in Hebrew). Overall, it's not that magic is different from culture to culture (MagicAIsMagicA, after all), but the way the Others use magic tends to be affected by their culture. For example, Western Others tend to go for more direct magic. When Anton meets a Taiwanese Other, he notes how intricate and beautiful the Oriental Asian mage's spells are, composed of multiple interconnected layers like a tapestry.


* Zigzagged in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. ''Everyone'' in that world comes from a FantasyCounterpartCulture for either China, Japan, Tibet or the Inuit, (or the [[{{Mayincatec}} Aztecs]] in the case of the Sun Warriors), meaning there are no "Europeans" to compare them to. At the same time, however, each nation and corresponding ethnicity is still firmly linked to one particular element and its associated bending style (which is part of why [[FanNickname the Gaang]] had to travel all over the world so Aang could learn all the styles where they were actually practiced), so in that sense they're still all {{Ethnic Magician}}s to ''each other''.

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* Zigzagged in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. ''Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. ''Everyone'' in that the world comes from a FantasyCounterpartCulture for either China, Japan, Tibet or Tibet, the Inuit, (or or the [[{{Mayincatec}} Aztecs]] in the case of the Sun Warriors), Aztecs]], meaning there are no "Europeans" to compare them to. At the same time, however, each nation and corresponding ethnicity is still firmly linked to one particular element and its associated bending style (which style, which is part of why [[FanNickname the Gaang]] Aang had to travel all over the world so Aang he could learn all the styles where they were actually practiced), practiced, so in that sense they're still all {{Ethnic Magician}}s Ethnic Magicians to ''each other''.


In most fantasy series, if the resident spellcaster isn't a [[WizardClassic long-white bearded Merlin type]], or a VainSorceress, then they're probably reminiscent of a non-European culture. (Or at least a European culture outside the Western European Germanic- and Romance-speaking countries) Part of this is PositiveDiscrimination. After all, if magic is that world's equivalent of science, somebody particularly adept at it is TheSmartGuy. Also, many African and Asian cultures (not just Egypt) were already advanced in terms of agriculture, literature and so on, while Europe was just getting itself together. On the other hand, it becomes something of a cultural {{Flanderization}}, reinforces stereotypes of non-whites having [[MagicalNativeAmerican some mystical nature]], and may evoke a sense of the hero being full of valor and vigor, while the darker skinned spellcaster is a distant SquishyWizard.

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In most fantasy series, if the resident spellcaster isn't a [[WizardClassic long-white bearded Merlin type]], or a VainSorceress, then they're probably reminiscent of a non-European culture. (Or culture (or at least a European culture outside the Western European Germanic- and Romance-speaking countries) countries). Part of this is PositiveDiscrimination. After all, if magic is that world's equivalent of science, somebody particularly adept at it is TheSmartGuy. Also, many African and Asian cultures (not just Egypt) were already advanced in terms of agriculture, literature and so on, while Europe was just getting itself together. On the other hand, it becomes something of a cultural {{Flanderization}}, reinforces stereotypes of non-whites having [[MagicalNativeAmerican some mystical nature]], and may evoke a sense of the hero being full of valor and vigor, while the darker skinned spellcaster is a distant SquishyWizard.


Not to be confused with MagicalNegro, which normally doesn't involve actual sorcery. Often results in ReligionIsMagic.

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Not to be confused with MagicalNegro, which normally doesn't involve actual sorcery.MagicalNegro or TokenWizard, though both overlap from time to time. Often results in ReligionIsMagic.

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* According to legends, the Galicians were descendants of the witches.


* Zecora is the closest approximation of this in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. She is a zebra, the only one in Ponyville. She lives in the [[EldritchLocation Everfree Forest]], collecting various herbs for use in potions or elixirs. Oh, and she [[RhymesOnADime speaks entirely in rhyme]], so that's nice.

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* Zecora is the closest approximation of this in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. She is a zebra, the only one in Ponyville.Ponyville, and grew up in the FantasyCounterpartCulture to East Africa. She lives in the [[EldritchLocation Everfree Forest]], collecting various herbs for use in potions or elixirs. Oh, and she [[RhymesOnADime speaks entirely in rhyme]], so that's nice. Despite all that, a surprising amount of effort went into her character design and backstory given that she wasn't meant to be a recurring character (the producers even tried, unsuccessfully, to cast a Swahili-speaking voice actress) and her debut episode was used for an Aesop about not fearing people who are different.

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* One of the characters in ''VideoGameBioshock2'''s multiplayer mode is an Indian mentalist and stage performer named Suresh Sheti, who is implied to have possessed prodigious psychic powers even before coming to Rapture and discovering plasmids.

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** Averted in later seasons with the introduction of other clans of witches who were of varying races. The aversion continued in the other series in the TVD-verse, ''The Originals'' and ''Legacies''.


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* when the pilot Jose Maraleda (who really existed by the way) wished to prove his proficiency to these huilliches (Mapudungun means "southern people") and establish that he was the most formidable sorcerer in the world. The locals didn't believe him and called upon the Machi Chilpilla, who lived in Quetalco, to confront this intruder to their lands. Moraleda was defeated and in recognition of this offered the Machi an enormous book of ancient witchcraft around the world. Further, Moraleda wrote that the natives of Chiloé were not as deplorable as he had believed and, in fact, were even better than some Chileans. This being the origin story of the "Warlock of Chiloé."
* Queen Hvit in ''Literature/TheSagaaOfHrolfKraki'' who was the illegitimate daughter of a Sami chieftain.
* In ancient Jewish culture, Egyptians tended to be associated with magic and astrology. One notable example is the priests from the Exodus story, who had [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jannes_and_Jambres a collection of legends]] written about them.
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* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': All witches, save one, are descended from one apparent family line of black people... Descendants of a ''handmaiden''... The writters may have notice this, as going farther back in the family tree shows ''her'' ancestor to be [[spoiler:Qetsiyah one of the most powerful characters in the show's mythology.]]

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* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': All witches, save one, are descended from one apparent family line of black people... Descendants of a ''handmaiden''... The writters writers may have notice this, as going farther back in the family tree shows ''her'' ancestor to be [[spoiler:Qetsiyah [[spoiler:Qetsiyah, one of the most powerful characters in the show's mythology.]]



* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' has the Red Priests who are considered exotic to Westerosi society. One of the priestesses depicted in the series was played by an East Asian actress, and per WordOfGod hails from the China-equivalent region of Yi Ti in the far east of Essos.
* A brief and fascinating example in ''Series/{{MASH}}'', of all places, in the fifth-season episode "Exorcism". When Col. Potter orders a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jangseung jangseung post]] removed from the camp, a rash of incidents ensue -- mostly annoying, a few more serious. [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Just coincidence, right?]] -- until an old farmer jumps in front of a jeep to scare [[DemonicPossession his own evil spirits]] away and is badly hurt. His English-speaking granddaughter insists on getting a "priestess" to exorcise him and the entire camp. What she means is a ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_shamanism mudang]]''. Her [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wL4FtvGK1oI sacred dance]], probably a ''dodanggut'' ritual, is shown at some length, ''and it works''. Klinger might be interested in the fact that these shamans cross-dress, because they embody male and female spirits.[[note]] The actress (if she was an actress and not an actual ''mudang'', keeping in mind this was all filmed in Southern California where there are many Koreans) has never been identified.[[/note]][[/folder]]

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' has the Red Priests Priests, who are considered exotic to Westerosi society. One of the priestesses depicted in the series was played by an East Asian actress, and per WordOfGod hails from the China-equivalent region of Yi Ti in the far east of Essos.
Essos. Another we see is black. The rest so far have been white though.
* A brief and fascinating example in ''Series/{{MASH}}'', of all places, in the fifth-season episode "Exorcism". When Col. Potter orders a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jangseung jangseung post]] removed from the camp, a rash of incidents ensue -- mostly annoying, a few more serious. [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Just coincidence, right?]] -- until Until an old farmer jumps in front of a jeep to scare [[DemonicPossession his own evil spirits]] away and is badly hurt. His English-speaking granddaughter insists on getting a "priestess" to exorcise him and the entire camp. What she means is a ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_shamanism mudang]]''. Her [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wL4FtvGK1oI sacred dance]], probably a ''dodanggut'' ritual, is shown at some length, ''and it works''. Klinger might be interested in the fact that these shamans cross-dress, because they embody male and female spirits.[[note]] The actress (if she was an actress and not an actual ''mudang'', keeping in mind this was all filmed in Southern California where there are many Koreans) has never been identified.[[/note]][[/folder]]
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* when the pilot Jose Maraleda (who really existed by the way) wished to prove his proficiency to these huilliches (Mapudungun means "southern people") and establish that he was the most formidable sorcerer in the world. The locals didn't believe him and called upon the Machi Chilpilla, who lived in Quetalco, to confront this intruder to their lands. Moraleda was defeated and in recognition of this offered the Machi an enormous book of ancient witchcraft around the world. Further, Moraleda wrote that the natives of Chiloé were not as deplorable as he had believed and, in fact, were even better than some Chileans. This being the origin story of the "Warlock of Chiloé."
* Queen Hvit in ''Literature/TheSagaaOfHrolfKraki'' who was the illegitimate daughter of a Sami chieftain.
* In ancient Jewish culture, Egyptians tended to be associated with magic and astrology. One notable example is the priests from the Exodus story, who had [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jannes_and_Jambres a collection of legends]] written about them.
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* Think of how many classic magic performers have stage names ending in "-i" or "-o." That's because in the 19th Century the best-known magicians on the English music-hall circuit were Italians. So later generations of magicians adopted pseudo-Italian names to sound all magickey. Erich Weiss, a Jewish kid from Wisconsin, took the name of a Frenchman and added an Italian -i suffix to become... Houdini.

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* Think of how many classic magic performers have stage names ending in "-i" or "-o." That's because in the 19th Century the best-known magicians on the English music-hall circuit were Italians. So later generations of magicians adopted pseudo-Italian names to sound all magickey. Erich Weiss, a Jewish kid from Hungary originally and raised in Wisconsin, took the name of a Frenchman and added an Italian -i suffix to become... Houdini.


* ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'' Has Anita Fite, A Hiatian-American voudou practitioner.

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* ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'' Has Anita Fite, A Hiatian-American Haitian-American voudou practitioner.

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* ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'' Has Anita Fite, A Hiatian-American voudou practitioner.

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