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How the mass hysteria of the witch-hunts began
05-24-2014, 03:34 PM #16
j browsing Member
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it works for awhile chuckle.gif

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05-24-2014, 04:32 PM #17
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(05-24-2014, 11:04 AM)Octo Wrote:  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

germans always have been prone to propaganda. damned.gif
05-24-2014, 04:51 PM #18
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I don't think any worse than others damned.gif How many were even literate back in those days?
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05-24-2014, 05:18 PM #19
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(05-24-2014, 04:51 PM)Octo Wrote:  I don't think any worse than others damned.gif

don't know... they're very... obedient. we have a special word for this special obedience i'm talking about... it's "obrigkeitshörig". it's a special obedience towards authority. germans usually never question authorities... never. even today. damned.gif
05-24-2014, 05:34 PM #20
Octo Mother Superior
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I know exactly what you mean, we have it, but seems to be crumbling somewhat. I don't know if these cultural traits are adorable or frightening. damned.gif
05-24-2014, 05:40 PM #21
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(05-24-2014, 02:57 PM)j browsing Wrote:  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

spock.gif Fascinating.

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05-24-2014, 05:50 PM #22
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(05-24-2014, 05:34 PM)Octo Wrote:  I know exactly what you mean, we have it, but seems to be crumbling somewhat. I don't know if these cultural traits are adorable or frightening. damned.gif

yesterday i went to the supermarket and tried to buy two bottles of la cuvee mythique limited release for 25 euro each. when i arrived at the cashpoint and the cashier scanned one of the bottles it turned out that it wasn't in their database and she couldn't tell the price so she called her supervisor which in turn went to the wine section to look how much it costs. she got a call and her supervisor told her that it's 3.99. lol.gif i told her that she must be wrong because this wine surely costs about 25.00. and she said no it's 3.99. then i aked her to call her supervisor so i can show her that she's mistaken. she declined. then i said thanks for the nice discount paid and went home. chuckle.gif

germans never question authorities.^^
bet her supervisor didn't even bother to walk to the wine section to look how much the wine costs. chuckle.gif
05-24-2014, 06:01 PM #23
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OMG! scream.gif Lucky bastard! Oh well, you tried. wine.gif lol.gif
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05-24-2014, 06:10 PM #24
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(05-24-2014, 06:01 PM)Octo Wrote:  OMG! scream.gif Lucky bastard! Oh well, you tried. wine.gif lol.gif

should have bought more... bet i could sell them on ebay. hmm.gif
05-24-2014, 06:13 PM #25
Octo Mother Superior
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Go back and buy all the wine! panic.gif
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05-24-2014, 06:14 PM #26
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(05-24-2014, 06:13 PM)Octo Wrote:  Go back and buy all the wine! panic.gif

chuckle.gif no i'm not a bad person... at least i try not to be... 13.gif
05-24-2014, 06:20 PM #27
Octo Mother Superior
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Oh 13.gif


chuckle.gif Enjoy the wine!
05-24-2014, 07:40 PM #28
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(05-24-2014, 06:14 PM)failboat Wrote:  
(05-24-2014, 06:13 PM)Octo Wrote:  Go back and buy all the wine! panic.gif

chuckle.gif no i'm not a bad person... at least i try not to be... 13.gif

As soon as that's found out, I'm sure somebody will be walking out with all they can carry.

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05-24-2014, 07:49 PM #29
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(05-24-2014, 07:40 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  
(05-24-2014, 06:14 PM)failboat Wrote:  
(05-24-2014, 06:13 PM)Octo Wrote:  Go back and buy all the wine! panic.gif

chuckle.gif no i'm not a bad person... at least i try not to be... 13.gif

As soon as that's found out, I'm sure somebody will be walking out with all they can carry.

human nature.^^
05-25-2014, 12:56 AM #30
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Althouh exact figures will never be known most likely several million people were dehumanized and demonized and hunted down and captured and raped and tortured and hanged and burned alive...

We can only imagine in horror while thinking about the amount of innocent people who were most likely killed for being witches and warlocks witches and even werewolves with no records kept...

Intolerant barbarians in africa are still killing people accused of being witches and warlocks right now...

The witchcraft hysteria was five hundred times worse and more terrible all across europe than it ever was in salem which is near to where i live...

Vast supplies of stored rye was a staple part of most peoples diet during the middle ages and eventually some of that rotted and became infested while being consumed along with the halucinatory inducing fungus ergot which has been suspected as the origin of the witchcraft hysteria > http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi1037.htm

Although when realizing how around 70% to 80% of the people who were murdered as being witches were women "the burning times" "the womens holocaust" we must also suspect organized religions along with their demented and all powerful popes and their demonizing of women for all sorts of religiously warped reasons like forbidden marriage and a womans natural intuition branded as witchcraft > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Burning_Times

Just like the DEA and the IRS does now by confiscating peoples property and seizing peoples money organized religions enjoyed the same types of evil business for at least several hundred years...

Absolute power corrupts absolutely so surely many town and state officials had a very nasty habit of raping pretty poor women and then branding them as witches and murdering them to shut them up and silence them forever while erasing any and all evidence of their twisted perverted crimes...

Young people didnt want to face their old people because they didnt and still dont want to face themselves getting old and most people would not and still wont now help poor people because they themselves could all too easily become poor so they lived in evil denial by trying to kill them off...

We no longer burn our old and poor...



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