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Egregore was a collective ritual held among the ancient hunting
and agricultural societies. Usually leading the ceremony was a sorcerer
or witch doctor. The ritual was to assure a plentitude of animals for the
hunters and a sufficient rainfall for the farmers. In the ceremony the collective
energy of the groups attending, which composed their egregore, or magical
mana, was combined with that of the leader,
or officiator. Similar ceremonies were universally used for rainmaking.
Source: 2, 85.