History of

  • The word "witchcraft" comes from "Wicca" which means "the wise one."
  • The earliest records of the concept and practice of witchcraft is traced to the early days of humankind when witchcraft was seen as a magical phenomenon that was invoked for magical rites which ensured good luck, protection against diseases, and other reasons.
  • It wasn't not until 1000 AD that the practice of Witchcraft and witches invoked the wrath of priests, Christianity, and members of the society. It was considered as anti-Christian and a heresy
  • Witches were considered as evil, making pacts and connections with the Devil. It was even believed that witches engaged in practices such as flying, invisibility, killing, taming black wolves and cats to spy on people, and others.
  • The first crusade against witches was held in 1022 AD when a witch was burned to death. Witchcraft History echoes the terrible campaign against Witchcraft in Salem in 1692 in which 150 people were tried as suspects of practicing witchcraft.                                 
  • People suspected as witches were usually burned at stakes, and those pleading their innocence were either stoned to death or even sometimes thrown in water to prove their innocence. Witches usually faced severe and painful deaths or punishments.

Witchcraft still continues to exists today. It isn't as typical to hear about it and those that practice it are not severely punish as long ago.


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  • Clark, John. Giles Corey Restored. 1923. wikipedia.org. Web. 24 Apr. 2015

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