Midnight In The Desert — witchcraft

Why are women accused of witchcraft?

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Why are women accused of witchcraft?

From medieval witch hunts in Europe to contemporary “witch doctors” in Tanzania, belief in witchcraft has existed across human societies throughout history. Anthropologists have long been fascinated by the phenomenon, but have struggled to study it with quantitative methods – our understanding of how and why it arises is therefore poor. But a study we conducted of one Chinese region provided an opportunity to test the most common hypothesis – that witchcraft accusations act as punishment for those who do not cooperate with local norms. According to this theory, witch tags mark supposedly untrustworthy individuals and encourage others to conform...

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Witch Doctor Claims Strange Creature Caused Deadly Bridge Crash

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Witch Doctor Claims Strange Creature Caused Deadly Bridge Crash

This story has a bridge, many deaths and a strange creature. Sounds like the Mothman but this incident actually occurred in Kenya and has another twist not found in Point Pleasant … a witch doctor. Tuko News (“The Heartbeat of Kenya”) reported this week that a so-called witch doctor or medicine man visited the Kamukuywa Bridge – a deadly location that has seen numerous auto accidents, including one on December 11, 2017, that killed at least 19, including 12 family members. Tensions and sorrows were high in this area as that accident came just days after two other fatal accidents...

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Wiccan Beliefs, Principles, and Practices: A Beginner's Guide to Wicca

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Wiccan Beliefs, Principles, and Practices: A Beginner's Guide to Wicca

Although Wicca is a decentralized religion often led by solitary practitioners, there are a few central tenets that dictate the Wiccan belief system, at least in the United States. At a 1973 conference of more than 70 Wiccans from different Wiccan subsets, the temporarily convened Council of American Witches hammered down 13 core principles that many U.S. Wiccans still recognize decades later. According to Pagan Path, the 13 principles of Wicca are these: We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal Quarters and Cross Quarters....

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Indian State Forced to Ban Some Black Magic

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Indian State Forced to Ban Some Black Magic

Halloween is the third-most popular holiday in the U.S. after Thanksgiving and Christmas, which can seem strange and potentially hypocritical when one looks at its obvious demonic symbolisms celebrated in a country that tries to also be religious while dealing with a constitution that prevents a state religion. Fortunately, the controversy lasts just a few days. In India, the practice of what is called black magic and witchcraft occurs year-round and has prompted the government of the state of Karnataka to pass the Karnataka Prevention and Eradication of Inhuman Evil Practices and Black Magic Bill. Since one person’s black magic...

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Can you read this spellbook for 17th-century witches? This library has a job for you

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Can you read this spellbook for 17th-century witches? This library has a job for you

Hath you a Crampe? Toothache? Skabbie Hands? Or are You in need of a quick Talk with a Spirit? Good news: there’s a 17th-century charm for all that. Two unknown people in England—presumably witches—hand-wrote a book of charms in the 1600s. Somehow, the volume survived an era of persecution of witchcraft in Europe and the British colonies, and came to reside at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Now the independent research library has placed The Book of Magical Charms and two other rare witch-related manuscripts online, in high resolution, along with an open invitation to anyone who would like to...

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