In line with the previous thread I created in Kubus section, this one concerns the magickal attributes of power. Specifically, I'm talking about the Chinese Black Magic rituals and the usage of two specific items in them: a Skull and a Flute. As seen in the eponymous "Black Magic" movie, a White Mage using the flute was highly successful in a duel against a Black Mage who futilely relied on the skull to redirect, reshape and neutralize the energies directed at him. The Black Mage was driven away by the flute's hypnotizing sounds, suffered severe headache and disorientation. Furthermore, his very own charm, the skull in question, betrayed his host and attempted to escape (which was rather amusing to watch).
Now, considering what I said earlier about taking magic seriously, if we try to scrape off the fictitious surface of this film and instead turn our attentive look upon its origin in the face of historically authentic Chinese curses and hexes, will we be able to find an explanation, the key to the mystery of these objects and their relations? Why was the flute stronger? Why the skull could only emit smoke and pallid glow, releasing none of the energy transferred into it by its master? Surely we can't write it off as a simple "victory of good over evil"? And even if this precisely happens to be the case, it would be tremendously useful to know the implications behind this unique phenomenon.
To answer your question, macabre, i believe that the flute is a more dynamic source of magikal power(when correctly used) than the skull. If the black mage had chanted, and possibly combined the skull with other objects it may have been able to stand against the flute, but probably not. The flute is stronger , because it's power is amplified by the vibrations of sound, which we cannot avoid hearing, not to mention it also has the symbolic aspect, so it's power is double. the skull is a strong symbol, but what is a symbol compared with the sheer force of sound itself? sound which has the power to disrupt thought, and thus disrupt intentions and also meanings, ideas that must be formulated in the mind. a mind distorted by sound cannot creAte it's own intentions. I would argue that sound undermines the will of the individual, thats why sadly people often then follow the loudest/ they think they choose so freely, but infact they cannot live with the reality that theyare being manipulated by a force that is beyond their power to control (most of the time anyway).