Again, though Dyer wasnot accused of Witchcraft, the examples of Anne Hutchinson and Mary Dyershow that it was the female sex, far more than the fear of Witchcraft itself,that led the intellectual elite to campaign for the destruction ofwitches.
Throughout the witch persecutions, the use of healingtechniques wasa major issue in the charging and convicting of a suspected witch.
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in Williams 38); "Awoman is by her nature more quicker to waver in her faith and consequentlyquicker to abjure the faith, which is the root of witchcraft" (qtd.
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Christnotes that "it is not difficult to see why she [the suspected witch]was persecuted by an insecure and misogynist church that could not toleraterival power, especially the power of women"(46).
The word pagan comes from the Latin 'paganus,' meaning'country dweller.'In the rural areas of Europe, folk religion survived, and women were stillthe primary vessels for this folk knowledge.
Connecticut Witch Trials (America, 1647 - 1697) - Witchcraft
Contrary to popular belief,it was not always women in poverty who were accused of witchcraft; manywealthy women were also accused, but they usually had some measure ofindependence.
Taylor lists thirty-five cases between 1647 and 1697, as well as …
In a society where God is male, women becomedevalued.
Witchcraft was (and is) the survival of fragmented paganbelief systemsmainly collected from the folklore of Celtic Britain and Ireland.
When Christians Practice Witchcraft | Jeremy Edgar
For three centuries in Europe,where the witch persecutions began, vast numbers of women were destroyedby the ruthless campaigns of the witch hunters; of the few hundred thousandpeople executed for witchcraft, 85% were women.
22/06/2017 · When Christians Practice Witchcraft
In her interesting book, , historian Mary Beth Norton argues that the large number of accusations against Burroughs, and his linkage to the frontier war, is the key to understanding the Salem trials. Norton contends that the enthusiasm of the Salem court in prosecuting the witchcraft cases owed in no small measure to the judges' desire to shift the "blame for their own inadequate defense of the frontier." Many of the judges, Norton points out, played lead roles in a war effort that had been markedly unsuccessful.
Christians condemn witchcraft, right
Only an unfortunate combination of an ongoing frontier war, economic conditions, congregational strife, teenage boredom, and personal jealousies can account for the spiraling accusations, trials, and executions that occurred in the spring and summer of 1692.