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A School Girl's Guide to Witchcraft

So this summer (The random break from school in June for the Colombian people) I went to Salem, Massachusetts among other places including NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, Charlotte, and Miami but those aren't relevant to this. Salem, Massachusetts is well known for it's history when it comes to witches and while at Salem, I went to The Salem Witch Museum which I found it very interesting so I decided to write about witchcraft. According to Wikipedia, witchcraft is the practice of what the practitioner ("witch") believes to be supernatural skills and abilities, such as the casting of spells and the performance of magical rituals. Witchcraft is a broad term that varies culturally and societally, and thus can be difficult to define with precision. With this explanation, we know that people view witches in different ways. I've always seen them a magical people who are often born with powers or use spells, they often dress in colors like black, gold, silver, purple, and blue and go to magical schools and are rather extraordinary people. I believe that this kind of point of view when it comes to witches originates from movies, books, and series like Harry Potter and The Owl House. Other's see witches as green-skinned older women who are often described as ugly (Fun Fact: The green skin trope originated from The Wizard of Oz movie and it was only because they wanted to try out the new affects). I will make a separate post to add more information on the Salem witch trials but for now, I'll talk about witchcraft. I read an article about witchcrafts origin and it said that witchcraft probably started about 2,500 years ago in the Paleolithic era. According to Wikipedia, the Paleolithic or Palaeolithic or Palæolithic (/ˌpeɪl-, ˌpælioʊˈlɪθɪk/), also called the Old Stone Age, is a period in human prehistory distinguished by the original development of stone tools that covers c. 99% of the period of human technological prehistory. They used witchcraft to ensure fertility was brought to the people are their animals and the before mentioned article about the origin of witchcraft I read stated something about a horned god. I looked it up and The Horned God is one of the two primary deities found in Wicca. Speaking of Wicca, I asked a few people online about it and they described it as "It is being in the presence of Mother Earths nature and being humbled in reverence." By definition, wicca is a modern Pagan religion. It was developed in England during the first half of the 20th century and was introduced to the public in 1954 by Gerald Gardner. Around eighty people were accused of practicing witchcraft in a witch-hunt that lasted throughout New England from 1647 to 1663. In the before mentioned Salem witch trials, 20 people were executed and five other people died in jail. People are still accused of witchcraft to this day. Most people who were accused of witchcraft were either a woman, middle aged, you have an extra nipple, a mole, a freckle, or basically any other mark on your body, not great at public speaking, you are married but you don't have enough (or any) children, people envy you, you're related to someone else who was accused of witchcraft, etc. Basically all the interesting people to put it bluntly. I believe that if I was alive in that time I would have been accused of witchcraft because I'm female, I have a lot of freckles, I'm very flexible (which someone people would think is because I was working with the devil), and I'm not great at public speaking so I would have definitely not survived and neither would have most people in the world now wouldn't have either since now we embrace differences. I wish I had more to say but I don't really know what else to add, I hope you enjoyed.

Sincerely,

Alicia/ItzThatNerdyBlog

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