I was always interested in witchcraft, and how it evolved throughout the years. From the Maleficus Maleficarum to the hysteria on the 1692 Salem Witch Trials, to modern day feminist witches hexing the patriarchy, it's always been a fascinating topic of discovery for me.
But nothing is more synonymous with the word witch than the Salem Witch Trials.
The Salem Witch Trials occurred in colonial Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693, where more than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft, and in line with the Maleficus Maleficarum, which depicted witchcraft as the devil's magic, 25 people were executed. It was a time...
Salem, Massachusetts, is one of the most famous locations for occultists, Wiccans, and horror history lovers alike. Known for the infamous Salem Witch Trials, in which more than two hundred people were accused of witchcraft in 1692 and 1693, and twenty five people were executed during the hysteria of outing witches, Salem is said to be one of the most haunted places in America.
And nobody takes on their cloak of history like Salem.
A visit to Salem, Massachusetts, is on the bucket list of every witch lover, myself included. There are so many deliciously witchy places you can visit, and I've put together my very own l...
I've recently been reading a lot of literature that keeps mentioning the Malleus Maleficarum and it's involvement in what became the Salem Witch Trials and I became so fascinated with this tome that I thought I would delve a little bit deeper into iut's history to see what it is really all about.
The Malleus Maleficarum was written by a discredited Catholic clergyman named Heinrich Kramer in 1486. Translated as "the hammer of witches" the Malleus Maleficarum is well-known for it's endorsement of the extermination of witches and details a legal and theological theory to condemn sorcery as a criminal status.
Something about the Salem witch trials has always interested me. I will always remember that you could stand accused of witchcraft if you carried your load on your right shoulder, or if you had but a single wart.
I was fascinated that the accused had to undergo a series of torturous tests, and if they survived, they were a witch and burnt at the stake. If not, they were actually a good Christian woman who was better off because she was God now.
It was such an archaic system, but I can honestly see jealous bitches pointing fingers at one another just for being prettier, or for looking at their mundane husbands funny....