Wicca is now practised as a religion of an initiatory secret society nature with positive ethical principles, organised into autonomous covens and led by a High Priesthood.
A Journal of Pagan Studies, No. Of course, the story is more complex than the Church stamping out paganism, but that suppression is part of the story and can not be disregarded.
The history of witch persecution begins with repression by feudal rulers, with a strong patriarchal impetus already visible. It may have very old Indo-European roots. Bishops carried out a less severe but determined repression of the old religions for over a thousand years. No, a majority of those burned during the mass hunts were not healers and diviners, but yes, these groups were targeted, in significant numbers in places like Italy, the western Alps, and Scotland.
Pagan themes do surface in trial testimony, amd turn into diabolist narratives under torture. They also figure in popular images of the witch, though in an increasingly distorted way as diabolism penetrated into popular culture. There are perceptible differences in the way academic writers approach pagan themes, especially when we compare English and American historians to the Europeans.
They offer an important perspective on the much-overlooked Italian hunts. A Brescian trial of the same period refers to the folk goddess as Befana. But gradually, over the course of decades of torture-trials and burnings, the goddess of the witches is demonized, subordinated to the devil, and finally, in the late s, replaced by him.
Pagan content is also rife in the Scottish trial records, with testimony of encounters with the Queen of Elfame and the faery folk. The old historical mythology said that the witch hunts happened in the middle ages. The new academic mythology insists that no significant witch hunting happened until early modern times.
This claim, and the associated failure to analyze the nature of the information we have about medieval witch persecutions, is profoundly anti-historical.
Dragging a woman condemned as a witch to a burning pyre. Notice her feet are off the ground. The stick held up in front of the judge may indicate that she was beaten during the trial or before the execution. Feminist historians have been pointing out for a couple of decades that the Renaissance inaugurated the worst witch hunts, but it is also clear that these grew out of an earlier history.
Laws empowering kings and lords to persecute witches were enacted throughout western Europe from the early feudal era. Those who committed magical harm paid a fine, the same as for a physical attack. The Norse codes treated sorcery similarly. Under christianization, Roman law was brought into play, and burning at the stake appeared.
A late recension of the Salic law ordered burning for those who killed with incantations. The Lex Rotharii of north Italy forbade witch-burning, but allowed lords to kill their female subjects as witches.
Manorial lords acting as haut-justiciers did not keep records of trials, and very few records of any kind survive from this period they call the Dark Ages.
Chroniclers mention witch-executions, such as the women tortured by aristocrats into saying that they had bewitched count Guillaume of Angouleme inor the executions of Sagae wisewomen by Wratislaw II of Bohemia and his brother, the bishop of Prague, in Thirty were burned at Graz in eastern Austria in Witchcraft in Anc W and Middle Ages,p ] Bishop Serapion reported Russian witch-drownings in the s, and other Russian witch executions are recorded for the 11th to 13th centuries.
The Fuero Cuenca is typical: The ordeal of iron was also used as a sexual trial for German women in the same period, as well as in witch trials in 13th century England and the Black Forest in the 15th century.
Witch persecution was reaffirmed by urban communes in Italy, as in the municipal laws of Venice and later, Florence, Padua and other cities.
German magistrates followed suit.
The Sachsenspiegel and Schwabenspiegel prescribed burning at the stake for witches, then Hamburg, Goslar, Berlin, Groningen and Bremen. This penalty was reiterated in the Fleta code toward the end of the s and in the Britton code a few decades later.
This brief summary of early witch persecutions sketches their importance as a foundation for the mass hunts. The elements of sex, class and pagan content already figure in strongly.
This early data also raises questions about the numbers which have been so confidently declared as the maximum of witch-executions. In the late middle ages, a sea change took place as diabolism was injected into the witch persecutions.
This ideology originated among theologians and scholastics, with hefty helpings of Roman-era themes of orgies, unguents, and baby-killing. Imposed by church and state over a period of centuries, against considerable resistance, it became the crucial ingredient in forging the mass hunts.The Politics of Witchcraft Studies Originally published as Another View of the Witch Hunts (Response to Jenny Gibbons, in Pomegranate: A Journal of Pagan Studies, No.5) by Max Dashu.
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