The Myth Of Witch Has Undergone A Strange Transformation

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Over the centuries, the image and the meaning of a witch have undergone a strange transformation. Most people affiliate the word with that of a woman that practices some form of magic; often depicted as evil conjurers who laid curses on others. However, they have been a popular myth throughout the history of humanity. It is safe to assume that people created witches in order to explain some phenomena that existed in ancient times. With modern times, the concept of a witch is nothing more than a fictitious belief because science has discredited the existence of real witches; or perhaps real witches have evolved into something else. When the word witch comes to mind, most people would describe an old lady wearing dark clothes. The word witch has also developed a derogatory meaning used to describe an ugly or wicked woman. The modern connotation of witch is significantly different from its origin. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word derived its meaning from the Old English word ‘wicca’ and refers to a “female magician, sorceress, or a woman supposed to have dealings with the devil or evil spirits, who practices magic. Extended sense of ‘young woman or girl of bewitching aspect or manners’ is first recorded 1740. Witch doctor is from 1718; applied to African magicians from 1836.’” (witch). In its essence, the denotation has not changed much over time since it always refers to a female who uses magic, but the idea of a witch, just like many myths, has changed
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