People continue to believe in the efficacy of magic in the era of science and technology. Mythology pertaining to curative aspect of magic which is believed to solve the social, economic and medical problems of the people. Initially, a socio-economic survey of the households was conducted in Rawalpindi at Dhok Ratta and Dhok Khabba, which tapped 796 households. Later, 44 people who confessed using magic were interviewed with the help of an interview guide and participant observation at the aastaanas of the aamils. Mostly people who believed in the magical practices were inflicted with health, domestic, social and economic problems and sought magical cure as a last resort. The efficacy of magic is determined by socio-economic status, sex, marital status and education of the people rather than their belief in religion and fatalism.
1-Mahwish Zeeshan PhD Scholar, Department of Anthropology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan.2-Aneela Sultana Assistant Professor (Incharge), Department of Anthropology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan.3-Abid Ghafoor Chaudhry Associate Professor (Chairman), Department of Anthropology, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan.