Why The Salem Witch Trials

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Numerous hypotheses have circulated trying to explain why the Salem Witch Trials occurred. Some include the fungus ergot that had psychedelic consequences when consumed and the Puritans’ adamant belief in their religion. None of them, however, justify why over 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft and 20 more were executed. The Salem Witch Trials are a prime example of why theocratic societies fail and the effects can still be seen today. We can still see witches in other parts of the world, see memorials for the victims of the trials, and modern day witch hunts. One lasting impact of the Salem Witch Trials is the separation between faith and science. The Massachusetts colony was constructed with the purpose of being a “city…show more content…
On the other hand, the healing powers that sorcerers possess are respected in other communities. Witch doctors, although not real witches, are trusted to concoct remedies to protect others against witchcraft. Furthermore, Shamans are believed to be endowed with the power to both cure and kill. The Shaman has the ability to go into a trance to interact with the spirit world on behalf of the community. Although there are varying opinions on the practicing of witchcraft, it still continues today whether it is accepted or not.
Today, people have been able to pay their respects to the victims of the Salem Witch Trials. In 1711, the Massachusetts colony passed a bill restoring the rights and the good names of the people accused, but it wasn’t until 1957 that the colony formally apologized for its fallacies. Nearly 300 years after the trials on May 9, 1992, the state of Massachusetts, the city of Salem , and the town of Danvers (formerly known as Salem Village) paid homage to the slain “witches” by building the Salem Village Witchcraft Victims’ Memorial of Davers. Later that year on August 5, 1992, another memorial, the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, was dedicated to the victims by Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. Though simplistic in its design, every detail of the memorial has significance. “Inscribed in the stone threshold entering the memorial are the victims’ protests of innocence. These
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