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How the mass hysteria of the witch-hunts began
05-24-2014, 11:04 AM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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When we think about hysterical witch hunts and the fury of a frenzied mob, our thoughts go to the events in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692.

However, if one really wants to see where hatred and fear of witchcraft begins, one need only look at German history. If there was a World Cup for witch-burnings, the Germans would be undisputed Weltmeister.

While those suspected of witchcraft had been persecuted across the Holy Roman Empire as early as the 12th and 13th centuries, things really didn’t kick off until the publication of the Malleus Maleficarum, or ‘Hammer of Witches’ in 1487.

This deeply misogynistic text was written by a priest called Heinrich Kramer in response to his failed attempts to persecute some ‘witches’ in the Tirol region.

In the book, he laid out an argument in favour of the existence of witches, gave a legal and Biblical grounding for their persecution and instructed the reader on the best way to detect witchcraft.

It goes without saying that this was a deeply flawed work. Even the Inquisition felt the need to publish a statement shortly after the publication of the book, condemning it and stating that it didn’t reflect Church teaching.

Unfortunately, a new publishing industry hungry for content took the work and spread it across the German lands, finding its way into the homes of every mayor and sheriff across the country.

The Malleus Maleficarum effectively gave communities a rubber stamp for acts of mass hysteria. All it took was one person with a grudge to set a spark amongst kindling, accusing someone (usually an older woman) of cursing or hexing them.

http://www.thelocal.de/20140523/history-...in-germany

İmage

Nothing much has changed in the media world these past centuries it seems...

Global warming skeptics are the new witches 13.gif
05-24-2014, 11:11 AM #2
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Terrorists... who are, according to official definition... practically everyone, are the new witches.
Witch hunts at home, witch hunts abroad, one thing is certain...
The inquisition really is here to stay. sad2.gif

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05-24-2014, 12:11 PM #3
ezrin Incognito Anonymous
 
are you 'born'a witch?
in other words a heritable trait
like an empath?
05-24-2014, 12:15 PM #4
Octo Mother Superior
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Depends on your definition of witching I guess. I suspect the definition was pretty broad back in the days 13.gif
05-24-2014, 01:40 PM #5
White Ribbon call me
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i would have been burned at the stake.. 13.gif13.gif

Jr is right that the T's are the new witches.. so true..
05-24-2014, 01:41 PM #6
White Ribbon call me
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(05-24-2014, 12:15 PM)Octo Wrote:  Depends on your definition of witching I guess. I suspect the definition was pretty broad back in the days 13.gif

i would have dobbed you in.. you seem like a witch to me.. damned.gif
05-24-2014, 01:46 PM #7
Octo Mother Superior
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I have a book about plant medicine and herbal remedies

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05-24-2014, 02:40 PM #8
ezrin Incognito Anonymous
 
when i was a little boy, my Mom would often call me [excuse the phonetic spelling]...
..... veeshnik
not sure if the word is Slavik, Polish, Ukaranian, Russian.

based upon asking people with obvious east european accents.... the word means "cherry".

never figured out why she called me that.... wonder.gif

so.... are any of you 'witches' familiar with this??????

http://www.worldprophecies.net/The_Birch...ophecy.htm
05-24-2014, 02:52 PM #9
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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In the back of my mind, I always suspected the hatred and suppression of women and their rights was at the heart of that witch hunting and killing behaviour, but just sprinkle in fear of the unknown and a good cup of fanatical religion then there you have it.
05-24-2014, 02:57 PM #10
j browsing Member
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the puritans in salem were not very nice people ..they did not believe in freedom of religion..they not only hanged witches but a little known fact they also hanged a woman ..mary dyer for her quaker beliefs ..my great grandparents 11 generations ago were quakers and knew mary dyer ..and my great grandma 11 generations ago was order to be whipped for disrupting a puritan pray servicedamned.gif they drove my ancestors out of mass. into rhode island were they sought refuge

"when life gives you lemons..throw them at someone"...Grumpy Cat good.png
05-24-2014, 03:04 PM #11
j browsing Member
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http://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/...mary-dyer/ her bio

"when life gives you lemons..throw them at someone"...Grumpy Cat good.png
05-24-2014, 03:12 PM #12
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(05-24-2014, 03:04 PM)j browsing Wrote:  http://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/...mary-dyer/ her bio

Hi jb, how are you?

Quote:Quaker women were exceptional in the equality afforded them in both the theory and practice of religion, and when Dyer returned to American in 1657, she set about exercising her church’s unusual use of women as missionaries for the humane new faith.

So it would seem that Mary and others were trying to make the faith more humane and were thwarted and exiled. sad2.gif
05-24-2014, 03:20 PM #13
ezrin Incognito Anonymous
 
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forgot if i posted this at this site:
İmage
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05-24-2014, 03:28 PM #14
j browsing Member
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(05-24-2014, 03:12 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  
(05-24-2014, 03:04 PM)j browsing Wrote:  http://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/...mary-dyer/ her bio

Hi jb, how are you?

Quote:Quaker women were exceptional in the equality afforded them in both the theory and practice of religion, and when Dyer returned to American in 1657, she set about exercising her church’s unusual use of women as missionaries for the humane new faith.

So it would seem that Mary and others were trying to make the faith more humane and were thwarted and exiled. sad2.gif
quakers were /are very tolerant and loving people...peaceful . they didn't agree with puritan approach of preaching hell fire and brimstone to control the congregation wave.gif

"when life gives you lemons..throw them at someone"...Grumpy Cat good.png
05-24-2014, 03:29 PM #15
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
Posts:14,902 Threads:420 Joined:Jun 2012
(05-24-2014, 03:28 PM)j browsing Wrote:  
(05-24-2014, 03:12 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  
(05-24-2014, 03:04 PM)j browsing Wrote:  http://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/...mary-dyer/ her bio

Hi jb, how are you?

Quote:Quaker women were exceptional in the equality afforded them in both the theory and practice of religion, and when Dyer returned to American in 1657, she set about exercising her church’s unusual use of women as missionaries for the humane new faith.

So it would seem that Mary and others were trying to make the faith more humane and were thwarted and exiled. sad2.gif
quakers were /are very tolerant and loving people...peaceful . they didn't agree with puritan approach of preaching hell fire and brimstone to control the congregation wave.gif

Did the threat of hell ever really work?



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