Witchcraft And Magic Became A Taboo

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The use of witchcraft and magic became a taboo in early modern Europe. Most individuals living in Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries believed that these witches could connect with a different realm to influence the world they found themselves in, the natural world. There was no way of pointing out a witch and so these arbitrary guidelines made by looking at stereotypes that outcasts had, led them early modern Europe into the witch hunts, where unfair trials meant the lives of innocent individuals were lost. Through the documents found in The Trial of Tempel Anneke, the use of witchcraft and other forms of sorcery were sought after to aid in time of need, but the actual practice of witchcraft and use magic were frowned upon by Christians who linked this practice to Satan and would culminate with the witch’s death after an unfair trial.
For those individuals living in Brunswick during the seventeenth century, it was socially acceptable to go to witches for help. These witches were seen as unconventional healers, who used herbs as remedies to treat different ailments. While these remedies were unusual to most, their effectiveness kept bringing back those who sought a witches services. Even though it was acceptable for individuals to seek the help of a witch, it was frowned upon for a witch to use magic or any form of sorcery to aid individuals. The people who turned to witches for help were barely punished, but the witch in question was severely punished as evidenced by…
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