whistled across the dreary moors. Wicca and, neopaganism would identify themselves as benign witches. Classical authors such as Aeschylus, Horace, and Virgil described sorceresses, ghosts, furies, and harpies with hideous pale faces and crazed hair; clothed in rotting garments, they met at night and sacrificed both animals and humans. Witchcraft, the exercise or invocation of alleged supernatural powers to control people or events, practices typically involving sorcery or magic. Witchcraft is merely another branch of that enticement. Very few accusations went beyond the village level. Sorcery A sorcerer, magician, or witch attempts to influence the surrounding world through occult (i.e., hidden, as opposed to open and observable) means. Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? Magic has thus turned into religion (the converse of the more familiar process in which outmoded religions are stigmatized by their successors as magic).
WHAT WAS WITCHCRAFT? WHAT WERE WITCHES?
If the chicken dies, then the suspect is a witch. They met at the house of one of their number, whose cattle were supposed to be under the influence of the wizard; and having procured a live cock-chicken, they stuck him full of pins and burnt him alive, whilst repeating some magical incantation. There is also a female resident near Burnley, who refuses to live with her husband, because she suspects him of having bewitched her on many occasions. First John 4:4 says, Greater is He who is in you, than he who is in the world. The prosecution of women as the main victims of witch hunts are further explained in details of the trials and those prosecuted. The term witch has its origins in the ancient Anglo-Saxon word "wicca which itself is derived from the word "wicce" meaning "wise and ultimately from the Germanic root wic meaning to bend or to turn. These accusations would also be made by the Romans against interactions between the Nativ the Christians, by early Christians against heretics (dissenters from the core Christianity of the period) and Jews, by later Christians against witches, and, as late as the 20th century, by Protestants against Catholics. Had they done so, he would have regained all his influence, for the virtue of the spell would have been dissolved. The person who sprinkles the salt must be the one affected by the supposed witchcraft, and as the salt drops down must repeat, 'Salt! Moreover, like ancient and modern Westerners, people in modern Africa and other parts of the world who take the reality of witchcraft for granted usually also believe in other sources of supernatural powere.