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Witch ward-off? Archaeology find from national geographic

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Oct. 29th, 2009 | 08:31 pm
posted by: lucy_chronicles in druidry

http://feeds.nationalgeographic.com/click.phdo?i=6b9276be3de00d7d56ff50050a29c51e

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/rss/article_id.pl?id=57403373
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In time for Halloween, archaeologists have unearthed a witch bottle—a stone jug that may have contained toenails, hair, and other bodily bits to deter witches and other evildoers.
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how do they know it was a 'witch' and why is it 'evil' instead of a shaman, doctors or other healers? geesh...


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bohemianbanshee

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from: bohemianbanshee
date: Oct. 30th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
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"The 17th century was the tail end of the witch craze. Accused or suspected witches at that time were considered to be in league with the devil. They were not pagans, though they may have held onto some folk practices. It has nothing to do with modern witchcraft."

It certainly has very much to do with "modern witchcraft". It has little to do with Wicca, if that's what you're referring to. Wicca does not encompass the whole of modern witchcraft by far, nor are all modern practitioners Wiccan.

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Pirate Jenny

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from: piratejenny
date: Oct. 31st, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
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It certainly has very much to do with "modern witchcraft". It has little to do with Wicca, if that's what you're referring to. Wicca does not encompass the whole of modern witchcraft by far, nor are all modern practitioners Wiccan.

What I meant was that the accused were not witches in the modern sense. They may have known some folk remedies, but that wasn't a necessary facet of an accusation. They were Christian, the same as their accusers, not followers of any "old religion." They were scapegoats for various reasons.

And I know all witches aren't Wiccans quite well, believe me. I know plenty of witches, and offhand I can't think of any who are Wiccan.

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bohemianbanshee

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from: bohemianbanshee
date: Oct. 31st, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
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"What I meant was that the accused were not witches in the modern sense. They may have known some folk remedies, but that wasn't a necessary facet of an accusation. They were Christian, the same as their accusers, not followers of any 'old religion.' They were scapegoats for various reasons."

Yes, I agree with that.

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