Witchery


These are all typical witch stereotypes. Like the infamous witch laughs.


The Stereotypical Witch
The Stereotypical Witch



Witchcraft is traditionally defined as the use of certain kinds of supernatural or magical powers in order to inflict harm or damage upon members of a community or their property. The concept of witchcraft is normally treated as a cultural ideology, a means of explaining human misfortune by blaming it either on a supernatural entity or a known person in the community. A witch (from Old English wicce f. / wicca m.) is a practitioner of witchcraft.

Belief in witchcraft, and by consequence witch-hunts, are found in many cultures worldwide, today mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa (e.g. in the witch-smellers in Bantu culture), and historically in Early Modern Europe, where witchcraft came to be seen as a vast diabolical conspiracy against Christianity, and accusations of witchcraft led to large-scale witch-hunts, especially in the Germanies. Click here or here for examples of modern witch hunts.

Since the mid-20th century, a growing number of people have come to identify with the term "witch", especially in the Wicca tradition following Gerald Gardner who described "witchcraft" as a religion with pre-Christian roots.

Wicca
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Wicca Symbol
Wicca Symbol












On July 4, 2007, the first gravestone to show a Pentacle at Arlington National Cemetery (where members of the Armed Forces are buried) was dedicated to Jan Deanna O'Rourke, a Wiccan priestess who dedicated her life to service.

Today, there are people who consider themselves witches. But their definition of a witch is not someone who harms others with their powers; but rather a healer. Plenty of witches live in Salem, MA today and all over the world in general. To learn more about these modern witches click here.
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