The Demonic Perspective
Individual who were having illusions or were delusional had a hole drilled in their skull in order to get rid of the spirits. If that person was still alive, the procedure was successful Witchcraft
Correlated with ‘The Crucible’ where Tituba, Sarah Good & Sarah Osborne are accused of witchcraft in Salem, 1692
What to do with the witches?!
Exodus 22:18- Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live
Leviticus 20:27- A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.
Assumptions of Demonology
Secularization: a systematic and general attempt to explain something
The world is a battlefield…show more content… Video Notes: The Burning Times
After the roman times, women’s continued traditions of the old religion and were leaders, counsellors, visionaries and healers (a.k.a. wise women). The Christian Church and state branded them witches and condemned them as worshippers of the Devil.
Idea of witches date back to the Renaissance and the period in history known as the witch craze.
Taught to fear the witches but still drawn to their powers (Conical=knowledge, cauldron=origins of life + magical power of women).
The word witchcraft has been used to dismiss cultural traditions around the world.
The Society of the Alejo (Brazil): for generations, the traditions of their African ancestors were kept alive. Women who practiced rituals like the Alejo in Africa/America were called heathens and were persecuted as witches. They are called witch-doctors and charlatans.
Modern doctors are beginning to re-examine the healing power of the human spirit.
European healers who were burned relied on Christian faith when performing their cures.
Witch comes from ‘wic’ which means to bend of shape consciousness/events of life through meditations & chants.
New Pagans feel like they are returning to a pre Christian tradition which honours women and men.