The Truth Of Witchcraft And Witchcraft

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Many question as to why so many women would eventually admit to witchcraft. However, it is quite understandable why these women accepted the guilt when analyzing the process of proving witchcraft and what these women had to endure. Not only would these women continue to be rejected from their community, even more than before, they would be subject harsh sociological and psychological procedures. Those accused would often have to go through harsh psychosomatic dealings, such as a process know as “watching, in the course of which the suspect was kept awake, sometimes for two or three nights at a stretch, in the hopes that she would be betrayed by her familiars visiting her.” A “familiar”, was an interchangeable spirit that would perform the witch’s evil magic for her. Familiars were often considered a spirit, an animal, or a fairy. “More importantly, the familiar was the witch’s second ‘self’,’ acting for her and embodying her power; harming a familiar would injure the witch it served.” The sleep deprivation that was the by-product of this process, along with general rough handling and psychological pressure, allied to leading questions, helps explain why witches were so prone to confess.” The physiological battering of these women from their communities often led to their eventual “confession”, as a desperate way to just stop the tormenting. An immense amount of accusations were actually introduced by women against other women; men were only introduced later to

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