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The Famous "Salem Witch Trials" of Massachusetts 1692
#11
The Salem Witch Trials was a dark and terrible time. Actually, having studied my family tree, my family has recently discovered that a great uncle of ours lived in Salem during the trials and accused his own wife and daughter of using the dark arts. o.O;

Thank you for sharing this with us.
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#12
Simple example of what a society doesn't, can't, or won't try to understand, it's much easier to simply kill all those who fit the "profile" of "dangerous people". Worked in Europe, for both Protestants and Catholics, probably the only thing they did agree on, if not busy killing each other, was to burn anyone they felt was outside of the mainstream of their particular religious thought.
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(05-20-2010, 04:47 PM)spook-e Wrote: The Salem Witch Trials was a dark and terrible time. Actually, having studied my family tree, my family has recently discovered that a great uncle of ours lived in Salem during the trials and accused his own wife and daughter of using the dark arts. o.O;

Thank you for sharing this with us.

Well that is terrible. Accusing your own wife & child of using the dark arts.. I'm glad people don't think like that anymore, because if they did there would be a whole lot of death's and the population would drop dramatically.

Thank god that era is over.
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#14
Did they have guidelines they followed to accuse someone of being a witch,like a manifesto or something, or was it random accusation?
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(05-20-2010, 08:53 PM)cranium Wrote: Did they have guidelines they followed to accuse someone of being a witch,like a manifesto or something, or was it random accusation?

They followed the guidelines of the Summa Theologiae written in approx 1265–1274 and Witch Cult in Western Europe" 1921 and God of the Witches in 1933 but no it was random hysteria. They used the books to justify there means but it took only the claims of someone saying they had a dream about a woman or something. For her to be removed from her home and put on trial beaten and tortured untill she confessed then killed.
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(05-20-2010, 04:28 PM)vzy4kat6387 Wrote: Back then people were more crazy then they are now. God forbid somebody in the village pointed there finger at you, you'd be sentenced to death with out having a chance to explain, by either being hung / tied to a stake and burned alive. Or crushed by boulders.

I've heard so much history about that place, and I don't think it's too far off from where I live. I'd like to go visit sometime.

Yes... Back then we would all be killed just for talking about this stuff. But of course I live in the West Texas bible belt, and believe me things are still archaic here...

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Because those that matter, don't mind
And those that mind, don't matter"


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#17
I dont think Crazy is the correct word for this hysteria more fear of change,religion,superstitions,foreign land, and a good possiblity of ergotism a slow poisoning due to Rye in breads they made caused "Bewitchment"/Hallucinations.
Crazy no I think these people knew and was aware of the consequences and that they were sentencing these people to death I think that just was a perfect storm, sorta speak.
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#18
It's a very sad day in our history, that we can all be ashamed of along with what we did to the native americans... Very sad!

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Because those that matter, don't mind
And those that mind, don't matter"


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#19
Ive been to Salem a couple times too and its a great experince you can really feel the history there. Especially if you are Pagan it is a powerful place to go and see what happens when people mix ingnorance and fear. And being in the Army its a guy thing to name our riffles so I actually named mine Abigail
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#20
I don't know if they even used the "Witch Hammer", not being Catholic, though it was used by both Protestants and Catholics during various trials and Inquisitons, mainly the Spanish version of trials and burnings where it was put into its most preverse usage.The "Burning Times" seemed to be an attitude of "kill them all, God will sort them out", assuming "sorting out" the "innocent" burned as "witches", as opposed to the "real witches" who could not be purfied except by fire, or so held the religious belief at the time, apparently.
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