Date: Sat, 24 Feb 1996 03:59:20 -0800
From: SETH SKLAREY crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IX.NETCOM.COM
Subject: etymology: 'negro', 'necro'
question from hel-l
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I believe 'negro' derives from a Latin root for 'black' and 'necro'
derives from a Latin root for 'death'. We see 'necrosis' for 'death
of living tissue' and 'necromancy' for 'divination / magic by use of
death'. Necrotic tissue is often dark or black as the result of said
necrosis. Could this be the source of the popular term '"black"
magic' for some perceived perpetration of evil through magical acts?
Fundamental etymological issue: is there a link between 'necro' and
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