The history of witches and witchcraft

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the history of witches and witchcraft

The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft by Rosemary Ellen Guiley

Im a die hard fan of this woman. I dont even care that her books are hella expensive. I really dont. Frankly, I have yet to find another author quite like her. The book is exactly what it sounds like, an encyclopedia of all things witches. Youre not going to find specific spells, rites, etc.-- this is much more about the history of witchcraft than help practicing it. She does cover witch-related events, too, like haunting and such. And the information in this paranormal encyclopedia is organized. Very organized.

I do think she did her absolute best to collect a wealth of material. I think she did a fantastic job. I cant say there is another, more useful book (on the same subject) on my shelves. That being said, the pictures are in black and white, and they arent awe-inspiring.

Otherwise, youll find just about anything your heart desires in this book. That being said, you do have to know HOW to look. Youre not going to find what youre looking for by just skimming through the book--theres too much content for that inane twittery. Youre going to have to actually spend sometime searching the index and reading through various entries to find the exact information youre looking for. Now, I do write witches for the most part, but I cant say that Ive used this book for much more than historical reference material just yet. I do think that has to do with the fact that there is so much witch-related content in here, rather than different types of witches. If it were the latter, I could see myself using this book a little bit more than I actually do.

I did order this one from Amazon, but I ordered it used to help cut the cost down. Either way, like I said, I love this author and would probably follow her supernatural ass to the grave.
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National Geographic Witchcraft Myths and Legends 1 of 2 Witchcraft

Witchcraft or witchery is the practice of magical skills and abilities. Witchcraft is a broad term that varies culturally and societally, and thus can be difficult to define with precision; [1] therefore cross-cultural assumptions about the meaning or significance of the term should be applied with caution.
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The Historical Origins Of The Witch

Witchcraft was not made a capital offence in Britain until although it was deemed heresy and was denounced as such by Pope Innocent VIII in From until around some , witches were tortured, burnt or hanged in Western Europe. Most supposed witches were usually old women, and invariably poor. Many unfortunate women were condemned on this sort of evidence and hanged after undergoing appalling torture. Witch fever gripped East Anglia for 14 terrible months between — The people of these eastern counties were solidly Puritan and rabid anti-Catholics and easily swayed by bigoted preachers whose mission was to seek out the slightest whiff of heresy. A man called Matthew Hopkins, an unsuccessful lawyer, came to help!

Witches are one of the most traditional as well as mysterious entities we associate with Halloween. When you think of a Witch, it's easy to conjure up an image of an old, ugly, hook-nosed woman, stirring up a steaming potion that is brewing away inside a cauldron. Of course her usual sidekick, the proverbial black cat is probably not far away as you envision the witch clearly in your mind's eye.
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It was a part of everyday life, no more and no less," says John Putnam Demos. Credit: Rachel. Halloween brings to mind images of ghosts, goblins, and, of course, witches. The history of witches and witchcraft dates as far back as ancient Greece and Rome to the late middle ages, early modern times in Europe, and to life in early New England. As a young historian, I wanted to apply interdisciplinary methods such as anthropology and psychology to historical problems. Witchcraft appealed to me as a good topic for that type of approach. I did not choose this topic because I was especially interested in witchcraft, but rather because I thought the topic of witchcraft offered me the opportunity to do the type of research that I wanted to pursue.

Between and , thousands of people across Europe — most of them women — were accused of witchcraft and subsequently executed. But why were so many innocent people suspected of such a crime? How many were killed, and were 'witches' really burned at the stake? Here, historian and broadcaster Suzannah Lipscomb separates witch facts from fiction and explains why so much of what we believe about witches is untrue…. Witches are everywhere. In fairytales, fantasy and satire, they appear time and again as a versatile synonym for evil and transgression. The large-scale persecution, prosecution and execution of witches in these centuries was an extraordinary phenomenon.

Magic Circle. John William Waterhouse, A fearsome being of fairytale and myth, the witch has carved out a home in nearly every culture across the world and time. Indeed, the witch represents the dark side of the female presence: she has power that cannot be controlled. In fact, those whom we consider to be witches have often been healers. Carole Fontaine, an internationally recognized American biblical scholar, argues in an interview that the idea of the witch has been around as long as humanity has tried to deal with disease and avert disaster. In the earliest centuries of human civilization, witches were the women who served the goddesses and therefore were revered throughout their communities.

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  1. Luca N. says:

    The real history of witches, however, is dark and, often for the witches, Early witches were people who practiced witchcraft, using magic spells.

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