"Toil and Trouble" -Witches in Culture and History
Taco24 on 03/20/2008
|Witches are defined as women who have supernatural powers and cast spells. Though knowledge of witches harkens back to the early Judeo-Christian world, the obsession with them appears to date from the 15th century. |
There are a variety of theories which have attempted to explain this hysteria. One critical cause appears to be in the nature of religious conflicts then prevalent in Europe. The Protestant Reformation and the ensuing Wars of Religion devastated the continent, and greatly altered the social, economic, and political nature of society. In addition, economic problems caused by terrific inflation created a sense of dislocation. By the end of the madness, it is approximated that 100,000 people lost their lives.
The following quiz asks questions pertaining to the history and culture of witches. Good luck!
Sources: My notes on Witchcraft Hysteria and Religious Wars
Famous American Trials-http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/SALEM.HTM
Irish Witches- http://www.witches.net/irishwitchcraft.htm
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