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Witchcraft : An Epidemic Of The Conspiracy Of Witchcraft

- ... Many of the witnesses to these trials were said to have undergone physical distress or act inhumanly. Many historians say to these records that since their body was put under so much strain and fear of the witchcraft that surrounded them all the time, their bodies going through strange changes such as paralysis or temporary blindness with no real cause rather than stress. But many historians also believe the witnesses were voluntarily acting and committing fraud against the others. But why was this such an enigma to understand why this small town in New England was all of a sudden becoming a center of witchcraft persecution....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Salem]

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Witchcraft And Witchcraft : A Part Of Many Cultures

- Witchcraft has been a part of many cultures for hundreds of years all around the world. Witchcraft is defined as being the manipulation of substances and or words that are powerful using magic to cause either harm or good depending on the person intent. Witchcraft is usually an unconscious activity, dues to this the “witch” is not often aware that he or she is bewitching someone (McGarry 2016: 15). There are six main characteristics to witchcraft that make it easier to identify it within different cultures....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Salem]

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Witchcraft During The Middle Ages

- In early modern Europe, “witch” could be used to describe anyone who the community or church deemed to be “deviant.” Accusations of witchcraft often resulted from attempts to explain economic, political, and religious upheavals in addition to conflicting expectations between neighbors regarding how their community should function (Anderson 175, DeWindt 433). Although there are some regions and trials where men played a more predominate role, in Europe and North America during the 16th and 17th centuries, women constituted an overwhelming 80% of those who were tried for witchcraft (Crawford 181)....   [tags: Woman, Sociology, Witchcraft, European witchcraft]

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Why Did People React So Strongly to Witchcraft in History?

- Why Did People React So Strongly to Witchcraft in History. Throughout history, people’s reactions to witchcraft have started mass panic, hysteria, disturbing witch trials, and countless executions and hangings. Witchcraft was once and still can be a very controversial topic, as it challenges other’s religions and beliefs and is against Christianity. Back when the Church was the main source of authority and guidance, reactions to witchcraft were particularly strong and heated, as there are even bible quotes ordering the instant death of any witch or wizard....   [tags: Witchcraft]

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The History of the Salem Witchcraft Trials

- During the time of the Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692, more than twenty people died an innocent death. All of those innocent people were accused of one thing, witchcraft. During 1692, in the small town of Salem, Massachusetts many terrible events happened. A group of Puritans lived in Salem during this time. They had come from England, where they were prosecuted because of their religious beliefs. They chose to come live in America and choose their own way to live. They were very strict people, who did not like to act different from others....   [tags: Salem Witchcraft Trials, ]

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The History of Witches and Witchcraft

- What do you think when someone calls someone a witch. What comes to mind. Do you think of the movie, ‘Hocus Pocus’ or do you think of the black pointed hats and the long black, slit ended dresses. What about witchcraft. Does the term “Devil worshiper” ever cross your mind. Do you think of potions and spells. For many, many generations, we have underestimated what the true meaning of a witch and what witchcraft really is. What is the history that hides behind it. Witches and witchcraft have been in our history since the ancient times....   [tags: History of Witchcraft, Black Magic]

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The Belief Of Magic And Witchcraft

- ... This idea comes from where the “early Christian Church insisted that all magical activity involved the power of the pagan gods, who were considered to be demons.” The first original idea that women are more vulnerable to sinning than men is evidently from the story of Adam and Eve in the Bible. King James I’s Daeomonologie makes the distinct connection between women and witchcraft, arguing that the female sex “is frailer than man is, so it is easier to be entrapped in those grosse snares of the Devil.” While James I connects women and witchcraft together, the establishment of the theory that women were witches devised drastically from the manuscript of the Malleus Maleficarum (The H...   [tags: Witchcraft, Witch-hunt, Family, Magic]

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The Salem Witch Trials : Witchcraft

- ... The Puritans believed in witches and witchcraft, but thought it was a sin to practice it because you summoned the Devil, and asked him to help you harm others. Two people who played a very influential part in the Salem witch trials were Betty Parris and Abigail Williams. Betty was the daughter of Samuel Parris, and Abigail was his niece. Samuel Parris was the town’s minister. During this time reading and having reading groups were very popular, since playing outside was not likely because of the Puritans dislike for the woods....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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Witchcraft : The Demonology Of King James

- ... (Spurlock) During this time period of early Scotland women, especially elderly and poor were considered perfect scapegoats. Some considered females so weak that they would go on to describe them as such "the fragile feminine sex ... feebler in both mind and body." (Bever, 0-995) This misogynistic mindset was used to justify the persecution of women in Scotland by claiming that due to being the weaker sex that females were more susceptible to demonic control. The witchcraft act of 1563 (Charles, 111-112) was apart of a much larger situation, and was used to strengthen public support for the protestant church and the Protestant Church can be tied to most of the persecution of catholicism a...   [tags: Witchcraft, Witch-hunt, Salem witch trials, Magic]

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Witchcraft, An Age Old Practice

- Witchcraft is an age old practice, dating back to 15,000B.C. During this time period, most religions were polytheistic, and believed that the world was controlled by either invisible or visible powers. The people who possessed these special powers and used them to help others were known as witches and were granted high social status. Those who possessed these powers, but used them for evil received a death sentence. When Christianity grew in popularity in the 1200s, people started to believe that witches were evil and should be put to death....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Puritan, Salem]

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Witchcraft In Hollywood

- Witchcraft in Hollywood It is said by many that Hollywood is persuasive. People see something on television or in a motion picture and believe that what is shown is, in reality, true. Misconceptions will occur, and unless people are shown evidence against the delusions, it will be taken as fact. In the past, many groups have been poorly represented onscreen. Organizations such as the mafia, the government, the military, spies, gods, monsters, and others are just a small example of those prejudiced....   [tags: Hollywood Witchcraft ]

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Wily Witchcraft

- The Crucible, penned by Arthur Miller, a four-act dramatic play based on events of the Salem witchcraft trials, takes place in a small Puritan village of Massachusetts in 1692. The witchcraft trials grew out of the particular moral system of the Puritans, which promoted a repressive code of conduct that frowned on any diversion from norms of behavior. The play opens with the reader finding out about a young girl who is inert in her bed. The villagers automatically suspect witchcraft. However, they do not know that all the girls in the village sneaked out to the woods the night before where they made a potion to let them have the man they love....   [tags: Crucible, Arthur Miller, Salem, witchcraft, trial]

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The Salem Witchcraft Trials During Colonial Massachusetts

- In Salem England, the Puritans encountered a number of hardships such as economic instability, political struggles, and social frustration. The families that inhabited Salem were large and everyone was highly educated. In the Puritan community, men were encouraged to take up a trade or earn their way into a skilled profession an early age. As a result, men were the leaders of their homes and in the community. Women were educated in a variety of subjects but they were unable to attend college. They were expected to have an educational background in order to pass on knowledge to their children at an early on....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Puritan]

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The Murder Of Witchcraft During The Salem Witch Hunt Of 1692

- ... There were a few who did confess an association with the Devil and “black magic” in the hopes of saving their lives. Accused of witchcraft, William Barker, Sr., confessed “he had been in the snare of the Devil for three years”(Godbeer 145). He also stated the Devil had appeared to him “like a black man with a cloven foot,” (Godbeer 145) and that after signing the Devil’s book with his own blood, the Devil would pay off all his debts so that he could live out his life comfortably. Mr. Barker also confessed to hurting his accusers and begged for their forgiveness....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Magic, Salem]

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Witchcraft in Salem

- Witchcraft in Salem In the past, the word Salem has always been somewhat synonymous with the infamous witch trials. Thanks to works such as Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”, many people find it hard not to envision a community torn apart by chaos, even though Miller’s play was not so much about the witch trials but instead a commentary on the rampant McCarthyism going on at the time he wrote it. Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, however, see a very different picture when the Salem witch trials are mentioned....   [tags: Salem Possesed Witchcraft Witch Trials Essays]

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The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692

- The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692 The Salem witchcraft trials of 1692, which resulted in 19 executions, and 150 accusations of witchcraft, are one of the historical events almost everyone has heard of. They began when three young girls, Betty Parris, Abigail Williams and Ann Putnam began to have hysterical fits, after being discovered engaging in forbidden fortune-telling (not dancing naked in the woods) to learn what sorts of men they would marry. Betty's father, the Reverend Samuel Parris, called in more senior authorities to determine if the girls' affliction was caused by witchcraft....   [tags: The Crucible Arthur Miller Witchcraft Essays]

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The Truth About Witchcraft Today by Scott Cunningham

- This is a paper written about my impression of “The Truth About Witchcraft Today” by Scott Cunningham. To explain my commentaries I have to state a something about myself that you don’t really care to know. I have been introduced to Wicca before, know many wiccans and sometimes considerer myself a wiccan. But after reading this the most I could call myself would be “Non-practicing Wiccan” I hold wiccan beliefs to my heart but have never tried to perform an act of magic, nor do I hold the sabbats and esbats special....   [tags: Wicca Witchcraft]

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The Salem Witch Trials : An Everlasting Legacy Of Witchcraft And Magic Within The United States

- Throughout history, there have been many phenomenal occurrences that are directly relatable to religion, and therefore hold a special place in the pages of the history books. In this case, the Salem Witch Trials, which occurred in Massachusetts in and around 1692 created an everlasting legacy of witchcraft and magic within the United States. The Salem witch trials are commonly heard of around the entire world, as they in some way set a precedent when it came to witchcraft and dark magic, which was assumed to be seen during this time....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Magic, Salem]

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Modern Witchcraft

- Modern Witchcraft Magical Manipulation Many witches do not believe in spirits, and most if not all reject belief in a literal Devil or demons. Naturally, therefore, they reject the idea that sorcery and divination are accomplished by the agency of evil spirits. Many offer naturalistic explanations for the working of magic and divination and other "psychic technologies." On the whole, the occult community today has expanded its definition of "the natural" to incorporate elements that were earlier considered supernatural, placing them in the category of the super- or paranormal instead....   [tags: Witchcraft Witches Magic Essays]

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Gideon’s Freedom in Doris Lessing’s No Witchcraft For Sale

- Gideon’s Freedom in  Doris Lessing’s No Witchcraft For Sale Dr. Gosby’s Comments: This student did an excellent job of applying the ideas we discussed in class relating to the obedience to authority When Europeans moved into the bush of Southern Africa and realized that they were hopelessly outnumbered, they had to develop ways to create and maintain their authority over the native population. They had tremendous advantages in the obvious areas, as author Jared Diamond writes in his Pulitzer Prize winning book: The proximate reasons behind the outcome of Africa’s collision with Europe are clear....   [tags: No Witchcraft Sale]

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Salem Witchcraft Trials in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Salem Witchcraft Trials in The Crucible by Arthur Miller Throughout society and throughout literature, vulnerable communities under certain conditions can be easily taken advantage of by a person or group of people presumed innocent. In the play, “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, there are three main factors that allowed the girls fallacious stories to be believed: Salem’s flawed court system, its lack of diversity in beliefs and religion, and the lack of a strong leader in the town. Although Abigail and the girls initiated the accusations, the responsibility lies with the entire community....   [tags: The Crucible Arthur Miller Witchcraft Essays]

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Is Witchcraft A Fantasy?

- One) Prologue: Roper states that "witchcraft was a fantasy" (p. 10). What does she mean by that. By stating that “witchcraft was a fantasy,” Roper addresses two things. The first (and most obvious) is that this conspiratorial sect of demon-worshiping baby-eaters was pure fiction. The second meaning Roper addresses, more to the point, sociopolitical origin of these fantasies and how they stem from the abstraction of era-specific anxieties that coalesced into the aforementioned fantasies of demon-worshipping baby-eaters....   [tags: Protestant Reformation, Protestantism]

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Witchcraft in the Small Village of Salem

- Witchcraft was as a capital crime in seventeenth-century New England. Madness over witchcraft was caused by a group of girls (Kent 95). Witchcraft was considered a terrible crime throughout Europe; its punishment was death by hanging or burning (Dolan 8). Everyone in the village of Salem believed in witchcraft, and only a few had tried to use it (Kent 18). In 1692, Salem Village panic was a major event in United States history which will never be forgotten. The people of Salem were caught up in a hysteria of accusing many innocent woman of witchcraft, even though it started as just a couple young girls who had acted strangely....   [tags: Salem witch trials,]

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Witchcraft in the Salem Village and The Crucible

- Witchcraft was as a capital crime in seventeenth-century New England. A hysteria over it was caused by a group of girls. (Kent 95). Witchcraft was considered a terrible crime throughout Europe; its punishment was death by hanging or burning. (Dolan 8). Everyone in the village of Salem believed in witchcraft, and only a few have tried to use it. (Kent 18). In 1692, Salem Village hysteria was a major event in United States history, which will never be forgotten. The people of Salem were caught up in a hysteria of accusing many innocent woman of witchcraft, even though it started as just a couple young girls who had acted strangely....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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The Use of Witchcraft in Modern Tanzania

- Introduction Witchcraft has been rampant in various parts of Africa. However, the practice of witchcraft has been on the decline in modern society as compared to the period before the rise of colonialism (Toyin 250). In most part of Africa, there is a conglomeration of tribal healers, sorcerers, and wizard considered having different forms of powers in controlling the fate of society (Toyin 209). Consequently, this has led to the emergence of thousands of practitioners in different parts of Africa....   [tags: Africa, Modern Society, Colonialism]

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The Role of Witchcraft in the Social Order

- The newest generation in western society is being partially raised by films, literature, and music. Pop culture is taking a bigger and bigger role in the upbringing of today’s children. Images like Harry Potter flying on his broomstick during a game of quidditch, or the old lady from Brave creating potions. To the majority of Western Society, these situations are used for entertainment purposes, but many tribes and villages still believe in the power of witchcraft and see it as an enormous threat....   [tags: ethnology, sociology, history]

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Witchcraft and Magic in the Middle Ages

- In order to understand witches, we must first understand how the Church distorted the very basis of what a witch is. I find myself constantly drawn back to how society viewed witches in the Middle Ages as compared to the present day opinion. The subject of Witchcraft and Magic was influenced deeply in the Middle Ages which in turn, lead to an influence which pervades our society today in the form of Wicca, otherwise known as the present day version of witchcraft. It is an unfortunate consequence of our civilizations history that Witchcraft and Magic in the Middle Ages is rarely given rational consideration by the aristocracy, many of whom fail to comprehend the full scope of Witchcraft and M...   [tags: Religion ]

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Witchcraft in Contemporary African Society

- I. INTRODUCTION The Enlightenment and the emerging of modern rationalism have paved the way to a worldview where the suspicion of witchcraft is not needed to explain the mysterious phenomena of this world. This is not the case in Africa. The belief in the existence of witches, evil persons who are able to harm others by using mystical powers, is part of the common cultural knowledge. Samuel Waje Kunhiyop states, “Almost all African societies believe in witchcraft in one form or another. Belief in witchcraft is the traditional way of explaining the ultimate cause of evil, misfortune or death.” The African worldview is holistic....   [tags: african culture, magic]

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The Wizardry And Witchcraft Of The Harry Potter

- ... According to Montenegro, the philosopher’s stone relates to the practice of alchemy, “an occult practice that…attain an inner spiritual transformation” (Montenegro); the use of alchemy in the first Harry Potter novel results in the immortality of a character named Nicholas Flamel and his wife, who are known to be 665 years old. Montenegro argues that this fountain of youth type practice sectored under the occult practices could lead the younger audience of Rowling’s novel to strive to develop their own immortality potions, therefore becoming practicing sorcerers and victims to the occult....   [tags: Harry Potter]

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The History of Witches and Witchcraft

- What do you think when someone calls someone a witch. What comes to mind. Do you think of the movie, ‘Hocus Pocus’ or do you think of the black pointed hats and the long black, slit ended dresses. What about witchcraft. Does the term “Devil worshiper” ever cross your mind. Do you think of potions and spells. For many, many generations, we have underestimated what the true meaning of a witch and what witchcraft really is. What is the history that hides behind it. Witches and witchcraft have been in our history since the ancient times....   [tags: devil worshipers, black magic, television]

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The Men And Women Of Witchcraft

- Three hundred years ago a group of girls accused both men and women of witchcraft, of those accused were 14 women, and 5 men were hanged. Two dogs believed to be familiars were convicted of witchcraft; the list involved a 5-year-old girl. Although in 1692 women in typical Puritan society are subordinate to men and treated practically as slaves, a group of young girls, lead by Abigail Williams and a slave named Tituba characters in The Crucible gain power and control over Salem, Massachusetts. In Puritan society the Devil lurks in the woods and when the group of girls defiantly dances in the woods, people begin to suspect witchcraft....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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Witchcraft in Early North America

- The thought of magic, witches, and sorcery to be fact is seen as preposterous in modern America. Coincidence is accepted as such and accusations of possession and bewitchment is extinct. When North America was first colonized by Europeans, however, the fear of magic and the like was all too real. Alison Games’s “Witchcraft in Early North America” describes the effects of the Europeans’ on the Native Americans and vice versa. As decades progressed, the ideas on witchcraft of the Spanish and British changed as well....   [tags: magic, theology, christianity]

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Witchcraft in the Ibibio Tribe

- Witchcraft has become a phenomenon in the last few years, launching TV shows and movies onto the screens of televisions. It has become an inspirational topic for writers to launch their next book. But as entertaining as witchcraft maybe to us, it is feared by the Ibibio tribe in Nigeria. This paper will focus on the different aspects of the witchcraft of the Ibibio tribe including the tribe’s way of detecting, preventing, and the anti-witch hunt that put the tribe in the spotlight. Also, this paper will touch on the causations of the witchcraft epidemic....   [tags: Religion ]

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Witchcraft in the Ibibio Tribe

- Witchcraft has become a phenomenon in the last few years, launching TV shows and movies onto the screens of televisions and cinemas. It has become an inspirational topic for writers to launch their next book. But, as entertaining as witchcraft maybe to us, it is feared by the Ibibio tribe of Nigeria. This paper will focus on how the Ibibio tribe detected, prevented witchcraft and the massive anti-witch hunt that took place all around Africa. Also, this paper will analyze presumptive causes that could have led to a witchcraft outbreak in the Ibibio....   [tags: Religion ]

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The Truth Of The Cry Of Witchcraft

- The body of civil law that once governed the Roman people, the Digest of Justinian, states in article 22.3.2, Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat. The burden of proof lies upon him who affirms, not him who denies. This presumption of innocence, the idea that all men are innocent until proven guilty, lies at the heart of all court systems on our holy earth. If not for this principle, any manner of blind accusations could be made, all of which would hold equal merit. The very situation has arisen here in Salem....   [tags: The Crucible, Elizabeth Proctor]

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Modern Witchcraft and the Witch Trials

- For hundreds of years people were tortured and executed, because they were believed to be witches. Based on three primary accounts by Pope The French novelist, Victor Hugo, once said, “There is in every village a torch- the school teacher; and an extinguisher; the priest.” Although Victor Hugo lived in the age of modernism, the medieval idea of intolerance, promoted through religion and politics, was not foreign to him; had he been alive two hundred years earlier, his defiant attitude and constant séances to contact his deceased daughter, may have gotten him accused of witchcraft, or heresy....   [tags: confession, salem, pope]

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- Witches are present in many popular television, movie, and book series, such as True Blood, Harry Potter, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.These witches have magical powers that allow them to manipulate the world around them which can be used for either good or evil. The fact that these powers are used for evil is the truly frightening part. For example, many of the witches and wizards in Harry Potter are death eaters for Voldemort and use their powers for evil by killing people and causing chaos within society....   [tags: History]

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No Witchcraft for Sale by Doris Lessing

- How’s your bank account lately. If you did check your bank account summary right now and it is not below a hundred dollars; do you consider yourself rich or poor. When we think about the word rich the first things that come to our mind is celebrities, presidents of anything important or businesses. When we think about the word poor first things that come to our mind is the people who live on the streets, a foreign country, or single parents. Who doesn't want to be known as a rich person. There are the categories of rich and poor for a reason....   [tags: greedy rich, poor, slavery]

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No Witchcraft for Sale by Doris Lessing

- How’s your bank account been lately. If you check your bank account summary right now and if it’s not below a hundred dollars, do you consider yourself rich or poor. When we think about the word rich the first things that come to our mind is celebrities, presidents of anything important or businesses. When we think about the word poor first things that come to our mind is the people who live on the streets, a foreign country, or single parents. Who doesn't want to be known as a rich person. There are the categories of rich and poor for a reason....   [tags: rich, poor, greedy, money]

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No Witchcraft For Sale By Doris Lessing

- The three messages from Sale The racial conflict in the world Have you ever felt so upset with the life that you have. Have you ever been an outsider in an insider 's home. Would you ever try to help someone who you were close to. Would you try to help someone, even if they were rude to your family. Would you have gratitude to those who were nice to you. In the story, No witchcraft for sale by Doris lessing, she explains about the racial conflicts of the story, the faithfulness that one has in his own medicine, and many more things....   [tags: White people, Race, Racism, African American]

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- Beginning in the Middle Ages and through the seventeenth centuries, an infiltration of witchcraft persevered throughout Europe. The witch craze resulted in the torture and persecution of witches. More than 100,000 of witches who were tried were centered in the area of southwestern Europe. The mass hysteria of witches was denounced because of their rejection of God and their pact with the devil, which resulted in harsh punishments and accusations. One reason for the persecution of witches was they were thought to be the cause of bad harvests, epidemics, natural disasters, and personal tragedies....   [tags: European History, Middle Ages, Witches]

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The Truth About Witches And Witchcraft

- ... What the hell was that. I’m not that strong. I mean, sure, I know I could kick Keri and Hallie’s asses combined and maybe even Laurie’s too, if that little bitch had decided to jump in. But, there’s no way I could have sent Keri flying a dozen or more feet across the gym knocking her unconscious, along with Mrs. Perez too for that matter, all with one punch. And, what about Casper. Sure, there are an awful lot of cats in this village. Therefore, it made sense that there would be an awful lot of kittens too, right....   [tags: Mind, Thought, Family, Profanity]

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Ghana: Witchcraft and Women

- Witchcraft is an age-less and complex phenomenon. Existing in almost every human culture and targeting mostly women, witchcraft has been used to both empower and oppress women throughout history. The present is no different. In many African countries, such as Ghana, witchcraft is widely accepted and feared. This had led to many issues for Ghanaian women, who once accused of witchcraft are subject to numerous abuses and mistreatments. Scholars, having long debated solutions to this issue, suggest outlawing anti-witchcraft practices and eradicating belief in witchcraft....   [tags: culture, Africa, government, feminization, belief]

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Witchcraft Hysteria in Salem

- Between the mid-16th century and the early 17th centuries, immigrants branched from the Church of England, and absconded to America to construct a religion that “…steer[ed] the church toward a more Protestant, Calvinistic theology, and purge[d] the church of all remnants of Catholicism.” (Salisbury) These settlers were quick to become known as Puritans as they wanted to “…purify the Church of England.” (Salisbury) To the Puritans, souls were tainted in the eyes of God until they proved themselves pure....   [tags: british history, church]

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Witchcraft: Yesterday and Today

- Everyone knows about the Salem Witch Trials, but what about the Lancashire Witches, or even ones happening today. All throughout history, people have been put in jail and hanged for being accused of witchcraft. The reasons for why people are accused are almost the same for each trial; bad luck in love or crops, death, illnesses, suspicion, even someone that is of a different race or is different in the slightest way is enough to get people worldwide turn to witchcraft as the answer. The infamous Salem Witch Trials took place from 1692-1693 in Salem Village, present day Danvers, Massachusetts....   [tags: Salem Witch Trials, Lancashire Witches]

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Witchcraft and Witch-Hunting Theories

- The Issue on discussion here is the different theories on why the witch-hunts took place. This is a topic that has a lot of different views and opinions. It is doubtful we will ever truly understand the exact reasons but historians can make educated and logical conclusions based on supporting information and evidence. Not all ideas have as much evidence as others and some theories have pretty much been ignored or disproved. Hester‘s ideas in “Patriarchal Reconstruction and Witch Hunting” takes the feminist attitude and relies on the theory of Misogyny to explain what the possible reasons behind the witch-hunts were....   [tags: Religion]

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Witchcraft of the Past

- Witchcraft of the Past What images does the word "witch" create in a person’s mind. Most people would tend to think of an old woman wearing a black, cone-shaped hat, with a large mole on her face, and perhaps flying on her broom. This is the stereotype of witches, and although some witches of the past may have fit into this category, one must remember witchcraft is a religion with a variety of followers. On the Covenant of the Goddess website, the basic philosophy of witchcraft is stated in one simple sentence: "Our religion is not a series of precepts or beliefs, rather we believe that we each have within ourselves the capacity to reach out and experience the mystery – that feeling of ine...   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Green Witchcraft

- Green witchcraft is a tradition, a path and a way of life but it is not Wicca. Green witchcraft is so named green because of the herbs that is used in the tradition, the Lord and Lady of the Forrest, It’s the color of the earth and its spirits and it’s an important color for those of the British Isles. The green witch follows the path that walks closely with mother earth. They use this color to represent green dye that they use to use. The men were allowed to go out and pick the plants but the women were the only ones allowed to use the plants to die the fabrics....   [tags: tradition, druidism, Dragon Magick]

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the decline of witchcraft prosecution in the 17th-18th centuries

- Throughout the late 17th century and into the early 18th century witchcraft prosecutions had been declining. This trend was the result of a multitude of social developments which altered the mentality of society. One of the predominant factors in this decline was the Scientific Revolution, the most important effect of these advances was making society question concepts of witchcraft. Along with this new mental outlook, we see that the Reformation had a similar effect on social opinion concerning witchcraft and magic....   [tags: Biblical Literalism, Scientific Revolution]

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What Caused the Momentum of Witchcraft in Massachusetts

- Witchcraft accusations began in Massachusetts after people began to say that they saw others with different symptoms which includes “fits”, “spectral visions”, “mental distraction”, “pinching, pin pricking, and bites”, “lethargy”, and “death” (Carlson, xiii). These accusations spread rapidly and took off within Massachusetts due to the large number of people living in the area. The large population allowed for the idea of witchcraft to spread because of how rapidly the large population heard of these allegations....   [tags: population, mental illnesses, mccarthyism]

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Witchcraft and Sorcery in Ancient and Modern Society

- Witchcraft and Sorcery in Ancient and Modern Society Cultures that exist today exhibit many similarities as well as differences. However, there are several cultural aspects that have remained relatively consistent throughout the passage of time. The belief in a supernatural being (or beings) is usually the main driving force behind our cultural practices, and can be viewed as a scope through events and activities are interpreted. Despite the presence of religion, the belief in sorcery and witchcraft are prominent in most cultures that existed in the past or present....   [tags: religion and malevolence, science and medicine]

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witches and Witchcraft in Jacobean Society and Macbeth

- The people in the Jacobean era believed in the strong presence of evil that plagued their world and specifically accused witches to be responsible for such evil. These influential beliefs can be seen as a common motif in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, where the witches have shaped Macbeth’s fate. Moreover the influence and fear of witches and witchcraft in Jacobean society has led to chaotic persecution of those associated with the practice and in Macbeth, the influence of witchcraft incited terror on one king and make decisions of an entire nation....   [tags: appearance, physical harm, witches]

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The Spark that Ignited the Salem Witchcraft Trials

- What really happened in Salem that ignited the spark of the Witchcraft Trials. Was it out of boredom. Did the girls come down with a case of Schizophrenia, encephalitis, or Huntington’s chorea. (Vogel 1). These are all possibilities, but there is still one theory that could reveal the truth behind the Salem Witch Trials. According to the research by psychologist Linda Caporael, of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York, the poisoning of ergot originally created the hysteria. (Vogel 1 and Clark 2)....   [tags: poisoning of ergot]

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Witch Trials Of Salem And The Witchcraft Trials

- Salem Shannon L. Alder once said, “Sometimes painfully lost people can teach us lessons that we didn 't think we needed to know, or be reminded of---the more history changes, the more it stays the same.” Salem has been teeming with rumors of witchcraft since the 1600s, which is evident in the different sources and stories about witchcraft that supposedly took place there along with the intense and lethal trials.Throughout the different articles and the novel centered on Salem and the witchcraft trials that occurred there, a recurring pattern is apparent, those within Salem have quickly turned on each other and resorted to mayhem and chaos when there are not reasons for strange events....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Arthur Miller]

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Witchcraft: Jumping to Conclusion Ruins Lives

- “Jumping to conclusions is like playing with wet gun powder: both likely to go off in wrong direction.”-Charlie Chang. The puritans were a group of English Protestants who adhere to strict religious principles and oppose sensual enjoyment. The puritans had a strong belief that the Devil could be walking among them at anytime. Due to this belief, the puritans believed that people could sign there souls away to the devil. By signing their souls away to the devil, a person could become a witch or wizard....   [tags: Comparative, Miller, Hawthorne]

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The Unfair Prosecution of Women: Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe

- Introduction and Research Process Malleus Maleficarum was written 1486 by Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger concerning the prosecution of witches. The purpose of the work was to prove that witchcraft was indeed real, and that it was primarily practiced by women. It is widely believed that approximately 60,000 people were executed and somewhere around twice that number were put on trial. The question is why did witchcraft become such a common crime, and why did women become prosecuted for being witches....   [tags: Malleus Maleficarum, Heinrich Kramer]

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Witchcraft as an Essential Female Crime

- Witchcraft as an Essential Female Crime How far do these sources support the idea that witchcraft was an essentially female crime. All the sources support the idea that witchcraft was essentially a female crime but some to a lesser extent. However there is one exception, source 10, which states that in some countries for example Russia, Estonia and Scandanavian countries, the prosecution of men was nearly on par with women....   [tags: Papers]

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Commentary on Witchcraft, Magic, and Religion in 17th-Century by Richard Weisman

- Witchcraft is a belief in Satan who is known for tempting human beings and destroying their lives by creating desperation in mankind and leading them into the dark side. Humans are vulnerable and can easily be manipulated and used for one’s own gain. Witchcraft is considered evil, impure, a nightmare from hell, and a rebellion against religion since it associates itself with the Devil. The Devil is known to manipulate and attack an individual’s mind and gain control of them for wrongdoings. An individual can be blinded by evil and can be taken away from God to glorify the Devil....   [tags: Devil, Evil, Salem]

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- Witchcraft Many religions have been misunderstood by people. Sometimes their ignorance and beliefs cannot be opened up to the truth. Witchcraft is one of those religions. The majority of people have sometimes compared Witchcraft to Satanism or any religion dealing with the occult. In fact, Witchcraft is sometimes referred to as the "Old Religion", and is completely different from the misconceptions of people. It is certainly one of the most misunderstood religions. It will continue to remain to be misunderstood if people insist on keeping a closed mind on the subject and believe the stories and rumors that have been misconstrued over the years....   [tags: Papers]

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- Witchcraft For nearly two centuries, witchcraft seemed to have disappeared. Although it was driven underground for a time, it is now the fastest growing religion in the United States. There are several reasons for its disappearance and now, for its return. Until the fifteenth century, witchcraft was not considered an "evil" practice. It was about that time that the Catholic church started labeling witches as heretics and sinners because of their belief in social rebellion. The idea of social rebellion was also a rebellion against the church, which taught that "It was the duty of the common people to endure the tyranny of authority, no matter how oppressive." (Donovan 118) There were a...   [tags: Papers]

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In Depth Research of Witchcraft

- In Depth Research of Witchcraft For my final project, I choose the non-ordinary topic of witchcraft. I was not and am not, interested in researching this to learn how to become a witch and to practice the craft. My intent in doing this project stemmed from the fact that I am a Christian. This class has showed me how to have a more open mind, and how gaining knowledge provides understanding. I wanted to see what is fact and what is false about the myths and stereotypes about witches and witchcraft....   [tags: Papers]

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The Hysteria of Salem Witchcraft

- The Hysteria of Salem Witchcraft Although there has been a long history of witchcraft, the main concentration is from the periods of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In the British North American colonies alone there were over 100 witchcraft trials alone, were 40 percent of the accused were executed. Now two professors, Carol F. Karlsen of history and Kai T. Erikson of sociology, examine the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria to see if it was caused by a fear of women and give two entirely different interpretations....   [tags: Papers]

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- Witchcraft In general witchcraft is sorcery, the magical manipulation of the supernormal forces through the use of spells, and the conjuring or invoking of spirits. Wicca is the most common witchcraft. During the middle ages and the renaissance, it was defined as evil magic. This is the very reason Joan of Arc was burned at the stake; she was accused of being a witch. Although many think that it is a religion that worships the devil, Wicca does not have anything to do with worshiping the devil or Christianity....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Witchcraft And Effects On Lite

- Witchcraft is a phenomenon that has captured the minds of millions since the beginning of history. These so-called witches have caused fear, hatred, interest, widespread panic, and a variety of other emotions in other people from all over the world. Every society and civilization on this planet have all some form of witchcraft in their history. Witchcraft itself has a deep history of its own causing it to be recognized in literature and modern society. First, witchcraft has a very fascinating history, which is fairly important to discuss....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Modern Witch and the Use of Witchcraft

- The Modern Witch and the Use of Witchcraft "I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog too!" The Wicked Witch of the West... One of the most notorious and stereotypical witches in all literature. She had green skin, a big wart- covered nose, and a wide-brimmed black hat. She summoned a legion of monsters, stirred evil brews in her black cauldron, and generally made life difficult for the fun-loving citizens of Oz. She, and her fellow "hags" tend to be seen in a rather comic light, despite their appearance, and are usually seen around Halloween....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]

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Witchcraft and the Inquisition of the Catholic Church

- Witchcraft and the Inquisition of the Catholic Church Witchcraft. The word in itself evokes a certain kind of eeriness. In past centuries, people who were accused of being witches were thought of to be the worst kinds of people there are. There were several kinds of witches and several ways in which they operated. Whatever the reason, the Catholic Church saw witches, or those accused of being witches, as sinful. Partly to stop this kind of sin and other forms, the Inquisition of the Catholic Church was implemented....   [tags: Essays Papers Witch Catholic Church Essays]

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Witchcraft in the 17th Century

- Witchcraft in the 17th Century Witchcraft in Europe during the 17th century was common. It mainly took place in Germany, but also took place in England. Witches were associated with evil; it was believed witches inherited magical powers from Satan in exchange for the witch’s soul. Some of these magical powers included outrageous claims such as flying, being able to transform and cursing bad luck on others. It was extremely dangerous to be accused of being a witch as the most common punishment was death, often by beheading or even being burnt at the stake....   [tags: Papers]

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The Influence of Witchcraft on Feminism

- The Influence of Witchcraft on Feminism The witch-hunt that blazed a trail across Europe (and indeed the world) over the 15th to 18th centuries stripped women of much of the power they had historically held. Not 100% of all accused Witches were female but 75% to 90% of accused witches in Europe were in fact women (Levack, 1987, p.124). Prior to the 15th century, rural European women were highly revered and respected pillars of rural community life. Women were not only considered as mothers and wives, but also as community leaders, physicians, and sources of strength and wisdom....   [tags: Papers]

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Witchcraft in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

- Witchcraft in Macbeth by William Shakespeare Witchcraft is one of the main aspects of the of the play, Macbeth. To reveal this, forshadowing is used in the first part of the play. The three witches were predicting the fate of Macbeth's and Banquo's furtures. In addition predicting whether or not that Macbeth would be king, and that Banquo's sons may play a part in the vision. Macbeth would be a fool to believe these wretched hags, they were only pretending to lead him on....   [tags: Papers]

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Witchcraft and the Town of Groton in 1671

- Elizabeth Knapp sat perched on a small three- legged stool in front of a roaring fire in the hall of her family's home as the last late October light faded through the yellowish oilpaper windows. The wind had already picked up a taste of the winter bite that the early Massachusetts Bay colonists had grown to despise, and tonight it whipped down the chimney of the eight foot wide fireplace with a shrill, devilish whistle, causing the shadows projected by the bayberry wax candles to shimmy and waver against the rough hewn rafters....   [tags: History Historical Witch Essays]

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Witchcraft, Murder and Ghosts in Macbeth

- Witchcraft, Murder and Ghosts in Macbeth     A notable point within Shakespeare’s play Macbeth is the use of the three witches in the opening scene.  The number of witches for a contemporary audience can go unnoticed.  However in the time that Shakespeare the symbolic meaning of the number three was important, as it symbolized unluckiness and when remembering the fear of the unnatural and being unlucky (epitomized by such historical events as the rage of witch trials within Britain).  This is not the only symbolism within the play, the use of the disparity between light and dark is an important concept.  We can perhaps see the parallel between the horror movies of today, and the images o...   [tags: Macbeth essays]

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The Role of Witchcraft in Macbeth

- The Role of Witchcraft in Macbeth Throughout Shakespeare's life, witches and witchcraft were the objects of morbid and fevered fascination. A veritable witch-mania characterised the reign of Elizabeth I and persecution reached terrifying proportions. Between 1560 and 1603 hundreds of people were convicted as witches and executed. Macbeth was written by William Shakespeare in 1606 for King James I who was obsessed with the supernatural and had even gone as far as to write a book on the topic titled Daemonolgie....   [tags: Papers]

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Witchcraft in the 15th century

- In this paper, I will explore many aspects of the outbreaks of the witch accusations and witch trials which plagued England and the rest of Europe from approximately 1450 to 1750. Though numerous theories have been provided as to the reasons for these hunts and trials, there are three which are the most prevalent, and able to support themselves. These three theories are the topics of: gender, as a stepping stone towards the oppression of women; social class, as a relief of tension and stress formed by the socio-economic gaps between the wealthy and the poor; and finally religion, as a result of the encouragement to conform more steadily towards one religion....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Salem Witchcraft Trials in 1962

- Salem Witchcraft Trials in 1962 The Witchcraft trials in 1692, which infested the small town of Salem Massachusetts, can most definitely be placed among the most absurd events in the history of the United States. Though Witchcraft was never proved to be the cause of this mysterious chain of events, one can wonder whether if in fact the Devil was present in this vile scheme. Arthur Miller recounts this horrid tale in his powerful drama, The Crucible, in which a simple hoax inspired by a few girls is augmented exponentially by the sins that lurk within the souls of each individual....   [tags: Papers]

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Witchcraft, Zombies, and Music: The Case of Khulekani "Mgqumeni" Khumalo

- Summary of the Event South African Zulu folk singer Khulekani "Mgqumeni" Khumalo died in 2009. Last week, a man claiming to be Khumalo appeared in Khumalo’s hometown in the KwaZulu-Natal province in Southern Africa. Speaking to a crowd of thousands, he announced his “resurrection,” explaining that a witch had abducted him and kept him in a cave with zombies, where he was forced to sing and ate only mud (causing his weight loss), and that he would have become a zombie himself had he not escaped to Johannesburg....   [tags: The Occult]

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Witchcraft in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

- Witchcraft in William Shakespeare's Macbeth Works Cited Missing In Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, witchcraft plays a huge part. The whole play is strung together by the prophecies the witches make. The play was most likely written between 1605 and 1606 and produced between 1606 and 1611. Throughout Shakespeare's life, witchcraft was a big fascination. Persecutions reached terrifying proportions between 1560 and 1603, hundreds of people, mostly women, were convicted as witches and were executed....   [tags: Papers]

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Witchcraft in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

- Witchcraft in William Shakespeare's Macbeth At the beginning of the play we hear that MacBeth is a noble warrior he was one of the main leaders in Duncan's army he was away at battle for Duncan, after they defeat the Norwegians he was on his way to his wife when he comes across three witches they tell him a prophecy that he will become thane of Glamis they then say that one day he will become king of Scotland this sets Macbeths mind on nothing else but the title of king. He then returns home when a messenger approaches him and gives him the title of thane of Glamis this proves that the witches prophecies are true this sets his ambition on becoming king he then wri...   [tags: Papers]

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In Darkness and Secrecy: The Anthropology of Assault Sorcery and Witchcraft in Amazonia

- Magic can be a dangerous and mysterious force for those who believe. Those faithful who reside in the Amazon are always wary for the perceived effects of magic. Whether it be assault sorcery, dark shamanism, or witchcraft those that hold to these beliefs are ever watchful. Shamans however can also bring light and understanding to the people of their land. They heal, guide, and protect those they love and cherish. The book In Dark and Secrecy allows us to read the observation of Dominique Buchillet who observed the Desana shamans and people of the Upper Rio Negro Region of Brazil....   [tags: shamans, magic]

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Witchcraft, Magic and Rationality

- Witchcraft, Magic and Rationality Social Anthropology seeks to gauge an understanding of cultures and practices whether they are foreign or native. This is achieved through the studying of language, education, customs, marriage, kinship, hierarchy and of course belief and value systems. Rationality is a key concept in this process as it affects the anthropologist’s interpretation of the studied group’s way of life: what s/he deems as rational or plausible practice. Witchcraft and magic pose problems for many anthropologists, as its supernatural nature is perhaps conflicting to the common Western notions of rationality, mainly deemed superior....   [tags: Social Anthropology]

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Witchcraft and Piritan Salem

- In New England Puritan ideas of gender dictated acts of gender for women in terms of behavior, demeanor, and speech at home and church, in public and private. Gender roles were clearly defined and categorized women as the weaker, vulnerable sex; physically, emotionally, spiritually and morally, subordinate to men in every instance and venue. Men were the heads of the household and of the church. They ruled what were deemed the important aspects of life. Women's role in society was that of domestic; they owned no property, made no significant wage and were entirely dependent on men for their subsistence....   [tags: American History]

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