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(April 11, 2007 by support Send DollMail )
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Unlike many other creatures of the night, witches are legitimate. Throughout history there have been many known witches, and there is still a religion practiced today that is based on a religious form of witchcraft. Are these witches the same ones we see in black capes and sporting warts? That depends on the style of the witch in question and any unfortunately blemishes she (or he!) may have.

Wicca

The traditional followers of Wicca are members of a secretive society dedicated to following customs and beliefs of ancient witchcraft. There are many more individuals who follow different variations of Wicca, but the original religion became popular in the 1950s in England, and nobody is certain of its origins as it is so secretive.

Followers of Wicca generally refer to themselves as witches and may use a set of worship tools including brooms, candles and cauldrons. As there is no central theology or belief in the religion, members from different areas or groups may all feel differently about certain aspects or practice their religion differently. Regardless, the majority of Wicca followers are in fact witches.

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Historical Witches

Some of the most famous witches in all of the United States at least were not really witches at all. In a town in Massachusetts, there was a huge witchcraft uproar in the late 1600s. Over one hundred people were accused of witchcraft in Salem and surrounding areas and more than twenty individuals were killed in the matter of months Ė all because of a few false witchcraft claims.

Salem, Massachusetts was a town founded by Puritans from England. These individuals had very strict religious beliefs and the town itself was very harsh in judgment of those who broke the rules of the community. This is not unlike countless cities all over the world.

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A group of girls in the village began to act strangely and then began accusing other villages of practicing witchcraft. Unfortunately, one of the accused, a slave from Barbados, admitted to witchcraft after denying it countless times and sealed her own faith and that of many others. Villagers spanning from a four-year-old little girl to an eighty-year-old man were accused of witchcraft by this group of girls, and the village, unfortunately, believed them.

Nineteen alleged witches were hung, and others imprisoned for months on end without a trial. The unfortunate little girl who was accused was even imprisoned, and later went insane. The older man was pressed to death using heavy stones for refusing to participate in a trial for witchcraft. Over twenty people (and two dogs) had died or been executed before the hysteria stopped, and since that time it's become very clear how ridiculous and sad the entire episode was.

Witchcraft Worldwide

The saddest part is that false trials and executions such as these did not only happen three hundred years ago in small towns in America. They happened all over the world throughout all times, including today. We would hope that most individuals know now that those who call themselves witches are not any more evil than the rest of us, but countless people have died over the years for simply having someone else accuse them of practicing the Devil's work. The irony, of course, is that Wicca and other religions that might call members witches are much closer to other natural religions that they would ever be to Satanism, which is the true worship of the Devil.


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dj03

28/Female
Payette, ID
Posted On: April 16, 2007
well this is a good article and the girls who talk about not judging are absolutely correct. I myself am a Christian but it says right in the bible that it is not our place to judge. We are simply supposed to be loving and tolerant of all people. But this article has left out Paganism and the religion that Wicca actually stemmed from which is Mysticism. I don't know a lot about these because I don't study them but I have friends that are Pagan, Wiccan and one that was a Mystic Priestess.... and these people are all wonderful people and believe alot of the same things I do. They have morals just like the rest of us but they have just as much right to practice their religions as we do, that's what we came to the new world for in the first place. Freedom to practice the religion we want, freedom for all... Amen.
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xJESSiCA

20/Female
Colorado Springs, CO
Posted On: April 15, 2007
Hilary Duff, huh? Sure.

Great article.

I wonder how much Hilary Duffs are on this site.
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Chubbi_Buni

22/Female
Madisonville, KY
Posted On: April 15, 2007
I have actually grew up in a hole family of Wiccan Witches, (male and Female). I don't completely know everything about this religion, but what I do know with my experainces, is that everyone I know who practise the Wicca Religion does Tarrot Cards.

I would also like to say that you should not judge people about their religion. If that is what they choose, so be it. I personally find the Wicca religion very interesting. I have also done studies on the Salem witch trials.

Good work on your info. Although you left out some good parts.
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princessofbrow

29/Female
Miami, FL
Posted On: April 15, 2007
this is horrible.....so what if people practice withcraft?what does it matter to you?
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blubbernugget1

21/Female
Boca Raton, FL
Posted On: April 15, 2007
sweet article i'm into that witchy stuff i love watching like haunting shows on the travel channel it just interest me i used to live near one of America's most haunted places Gettysburg, MD it's sooooooooooo creepy
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Princess_Seren

23/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: April 15, 2007
Cool article, I love reading about stuff like this, especailly since I have a fasination with stuff like this, it's kinda like dragons I have a fascination with them too.
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PiNk_aNd_bLaCk

21/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: April 14, 2007
interestingly interesting!
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Feleticia

23/Female
Douglassville, PA
Posted On: April 14, 2007
I'm a wiccan. Self-practitioner though. (Horribly shy, but not on the Internet)

Those that say the Wicca is bad, its a different religion for petty sakes. There are many branches in Wicca from what I understand.

I'm one of those wiccans that prefer to be called a Wiccan. I'm a wiccan because I fit the neutral position. In the books I have about Wicca, one of them goes: 'Do what you will, but not harm others.'

It works hand in hand with what we learn as children: 'Treat others the way you want to be treated.'
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z_vak

108/Female
San Antonio, TX
Posted On: April 13, 2007
i belive that god is the one true god and that satin os the deciver (no better way to put it) and that if you don't admit to god that you've done bad things, believe that jesus is god's son and confess that you are a bad person that you will go to hell. and stop saying that place down there, it's a real place. it's like saying that place up there with the bacon. it's just weird to me. i'm not trying to shove my religon on people, but i want people to be informed. wiccas is a bad thing. i'm not saying wicca's are bad, but satin is an aweful person and i just don't understand why anyone would want to worship him.
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rebeldecutie

24/Female
Phoenix, AZ
Posted On: April 13, 2007
I am Cathiloc but Some times i heLP PEP! I HELD THEM! I DO NOT HURT THEM! :ang el:
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rebeldecutie

24/Female
Phoenix, AZ
Posted On: April 13, 2007
I'm a cathiloc! And i think ever one should belive what they want 2 belive! I only belive in 1 god! But i exsept people for who they are! If u r a cathiloc u should know that we r not exceped by chirstians! Because we belive in spirits! well i think thats bull! !!! who ever said that all wictches r bad there is still good wichcraft! i dont know about wiccas! but let them have the right to belive in there religion! ! Thats races! STOP THIS! people iam not saying all witchcraft is good! but let them have freedom! WHO R U 2 JUJ! IAM A CATHILOC! NO 1 IS GOING 2 HELL BECAUSE THEY DNT BELIVE IN 1 GOD! !
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rebeldecutie

24/Female
Phoenix, AZ
Posted On: April 13, 2007
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tkd123

25/Female
Dixon, MO
Posted On: April 12, 2007
What would Isis do?
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tkd123

25/Female
Dixon, MO
Posted On: April 12, 2007
thank you for pointing out that the wiccan way is not the way of the devil... people will always missunderstand though... it is human nature to question such things... and if i do say so myself all ya'll who say wiccans and pegans are going to go th H.E.L.L what of the other religions??? douse that mean that muslims will go to H.E.L.L because they have a diffrent way of beliving and worshiping???
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reebeth

93/Female
Stafford, VA
Posted On: April 12, 2007
Awesome.I love learning about this stuff!
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