Hippolyte Taine - Witchcraft And The Suspicion Of Witchery (4.3 MB)

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If one restricts one's horizon to the Danvers village near present-day Salem town, one can be led to the belief that what went wrong in the "Salem witchcraft" frenzy of 1692 had to do with traumatized little girls, acting out their traumas, or had to do with an ergot poisoning of the stomachs, and consequently the minds, of these villagers, or had to do with a sudden upsurge of foolish supernaturalism, or whatever positive and enabling factor. However, if one looks at the hanging-of-witches phenomenon across the scope of a c... More >>>Note that, unfortunately, not all my books can be downloaded or ordered on CD due to the restrictions of copyright. However, most of the books on this site do not have copyright restrictions. If you find any copyright violation, please contact me at . I am very attentive to the issue of copyright and try to avoid any violations, but on the other hand to help all fans of magic to get access to information.
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Category 1:  Wicca and Witchcraft
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Author:      Hippolyte Taine
Format:      eBook
If one restricts one's horizon to the Danvers village near present-day Salem town, one can be led to the belief that what went wrong in the "Salem witchcraft" frenzy of 1692 had to do with traumatized little girls, acting out their traumas, or had to do with an ergot poisoning of the stomachs, and consequently the minds, of these villagers, or had to do with a sudden upsurge of foolish supernaturalism, or whatever positive and enabling factor. However, if one looks at the hanging-of-witches phenomenon across the scope of a century and across the breadth of New England -rather than focusing in myopically on this one year in this one village- one comes to appreciate the great generality of such a phenomenon, and these easy explanations in terms of mere enabling factors simply vanish.

This is not a story of foolish superstition, this is a story of capital punishment -- had these marginal types, after being found guilty of maliciousness and witchcraft, been treated with courtesy and attended to, there would have been no outrageous stories to be remembered in later years.