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A user of Necromancy is called a Necromancer.
The word "necromancy" is adapted from Late Latin necromantia, itself borrowed from post-Classical Greek νεκρομαντεία (nekromanteía), a compound of Ancient Greek νεκρός (nekrós), "dead body", and μαντεία (manteía), "prophecy or divination." As the name suggests, necromancy is the magic of manipulation of the dead for communication for the purpose of divination.
With the use of Necromancy, rituals can be carried out on the bodies of the dead to allow them to "pass through the gates of Heaven". These rituals involves putting back the wandering "residual memory" of the corpse and closing their "spiritual circuit", in order to put them to rest. To do this, the necromancer makes use of a magic circle to reactivate the corpse and sends a false soul (偽りの魄 Itsuwari no Tamashii?) into the body in order to carry out the process.
If the "residual thoughts" (残留思念 Zanryū Shinen?) are not controlled, they can take dangerous forms sometimes called ghosts. Residual memory can gather outside of the corpse, appearing in the form of a floating brain. If someone touches it, the memories of the deceased will flow into their mind.
The false soul used to possess the corpse, for the purpose of closing the spiritual circuit, is capable of operating the body it is possessing, such as when Estelle Rosenthal's Huotou (禍斗?) activated after she was interrupted before she could close Hitokawa Hasami's spiritual circuit and acted to defend it's master.
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