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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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Cait_00

22/Female
IL
Posted On: April 12, 2007
Thanks for posting this article. To some extent, I'm a wiccan myself, and it's nice to see an article that's not totally bashing the religion and what.
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KyouTheCat

23/Female
Posted On: April 12, 2007
This was an awsome article Thank you for posting it. As a Wiccan myself, its good to know that there are ways to educate those that choose to view us as Satanists. For those that say that we're going to you know where, please stop. Its very rude to say that just because the God and Goddess I believe in are different than your one God we're going to suffer for etenity. Its better to view all people with love and acceptence, not hate and ignorance.

Anyway, thank you for posting this article!

Blessed Be!
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Graciegoo

19/Female
Pendleton, IN
Posted On: April 12, 2007
I'm going to the library friday anyway so ill get the books if they have them!

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RKD

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: April 12, 2007
i like this artical but i think its not really fair that a lot of people were executed and they weren't even witches!
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superhero_1

25/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: April 12, 2007
Good witches like the charmed ones prefer wicca
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daasbuffy

29/Female
Australia
Posted On: April 12, 2007
Um . . . I hate to say this but the were some errors.

First of all Wicca is not a secretive society. I have several books on the subject. The wiccan religion is based on ancient pagan traditions. Modern Wicca is said to have evolved from the occult fasicination in Victorian Era England. It did not start to become a recognized religion until the 1950's in the United Kingdom.

The roots of Wicca are hard to trace because different conclaves [or convens] can practice totally different beliefs and rituals.

Also the Witches I know prefer to be called Wiccas.
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Claire_Love

25/Female
Westville, FL
Posted On: April 12, 2007
Omg i just love this article, please make more soon!!
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Xiaolin_Showdo

21/Female
AZ
Posted On: April 11, 2007
Good article. Sign my pro!
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Singergirl509

21/Female
Crescent, MO
Posted On: April 11, 2007
What's sad is that in the bible it says that witches shall be burned in hell and that we associate with the devil. WE DON'T EVEN BELIEVE IN HELL OR THE DEVIL!!!! so how can we be associated with it??
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Silver_Wolf_Ki

24/Female
Canada
Posted On: April 11, 2007
This article made me smile because it really takes a step towards dispersing the misconceptions about witches among young girls and even older members on here who think that it is basically devil worshipping.
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Knewgirl

22/Female
New Zealand
Posted On: April 11, 2007
oh and if you can't find that book under "The ministers daughter" it might be under "The Merrybegot"
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Knewgirl

22/Female
New Zealand
Posted On: April 11, 2007
this is a great article and there is a good book that you could read that relates to this article a bit it is called "The ministers daughter" it is really good and you should read it oh and another one that i think relates to this article is "The raging quiet" i havent read all of the second one but my sister says its good and i know the first one is good so anybody who is interested in the article should totally check them out^_^
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lilygurl

22/Female
Posted On: April 11, 2007
I've studied alot of religions (weird habit, I know) and have found the stereotypical "witch" is totally fake. The only religion that worships evil beings are the satianists
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bucsgirl

23/Female
TN
Posted On: April 11, 2007
Wat about the Bell Witch
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SILLYx_LoveSon

20/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: April 11, 2007
I went to visit Salem around Halloween with my friends and I must say, it was very intersting. There were many different kinds of people and I met and actual Wiccan! It is definitely sad, though how dumb the people of Salem were when it came to the trials so many years ago. I even saw a show where they believed the girls' strange behaviours (and that of some accused) came from mold poisoning. Such a shame.

~Lily
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