Professor Hutton to Lecture on ‘Folklore, History and Paganism’ | Isle of Man News :: isleofman.com

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.

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‘The Crucible’ nails pilgrim paranoia

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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Witch-hunts in India: We don’t talk about this form of violence against women – Firstpost

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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The Secret Life Of A Male Witch

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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Plea for vandals to stop damaging Constitution Hill shrine | News | Cambrian News

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.

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The Martlet Continuing Studies casts out witchcraft misconceptions

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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