Manx National Heritage is delighted to welcome the return of enigmatic historian Professor Ronald Hutton, who will be presenting a public lecture on, ‘Folklore, History and Paganism’, at the Manx Museum on Friday 27th January 2017.
Professor Hutton is a leading authority on the history of the British Isles in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, on ancient and medieval paganism and magic, and on the global context of witchcraft beliefs.
To understand why the dramatized witch hunt remains important is to look at the world today, the divisions facing us, and the power of scapegoat and blame in a post-factual society. Two quotes come to mind which capture its historical significance: F.D.R.’s “[We have] nothing to fear but fear itself” and, from horror maestro H.P. Lovecraft, “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”
So it is with “The Crucible”
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In Assam, two women, both related, were pushed into a well and buried alive on the night of 31 October. They were murdered after being branded as witches. According to one of the three men accused of the crime, their actions were justified because the women had “used black magic to infest with insects the well from which we drink water”.
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RRANCHI: In a bid to regain lost ground in areas which were once considered their bastion, Maoists are holding awareness campaigns against superstitious beliefs and evil social practices such as witchcraft in Latehar district.
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When you think of a witch, who comes to mind? Perhaps Sabrina and her furry BFF, Salem, stuck in the fortress of your 90s upbringing? Maybe you’ll picture the Wicked Witch of the West, green-skinned and evil and ready to take your soul along with Dorothy’s? Or do you imagine the sassy witch Emma Roberts portrayed in American Horror Story: Coven, where all-black everything was key?
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Some will celebrate this time of year by placing Jack-o’-Lanterns on their doorsteps and passing out free candy to costume-clad families as the night grows darker.
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If there were any pointy hats donned at Sunday night’s Wiccan ritual, it was purely a fashion statement.
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Halloween is just around the corner, and as Cal State San Marcos history professor Dr. Antonio Zaldívar will attest, so is the annual reminder of a particularly dark period in Western history.
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AN Aberystwyth man is pleading with vandals to stop damaging a shrine on Constitution Hill after it was destroyed for the third time in a month.
Allan Marsden, of Cliff Terrace, who said he was what “some might call a Pagan”, created a small shrine in 2009 and dedicated it to Our Lady of Craiglais, which is the old name for Constitution Hill.
As Halloween approaches and you scramble to find a last-minute costume, you may want to think twice before giving up and putting on that witch’s hat. Local witch and Department of Fine Arts professor John Threlfall will host a Continuing Studies course, Bell, Book & Camera: Witchcraft in Popular Culture, that he hopes will clear up some misconceptions around practicing witches. The course will run from Nov. 2–23, and will look into why witches have survived so long in pop culture while practicing witches have been persecuted and stigmatized.
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