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Holly Stick

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"The Witch-Burner's Mein Kampf"
« on: October 27, 2012, 05:49:24 PM »
It's fascinating that they found this old book at the University of Alberta, but horrifying to think about its significance:

...Twenty-six years before the publication of the witch-hunting manual Malleus Maleficarum, Tinctor (also known as Jean Taincture) pulled together various folk beliefs and ancient myths, and concocted a paranoid propaganda fantasy, one that would fuel homicidal witch hunts for centuries to come — and bequeath us the Halloween imagery that still haunts our imagination.

“It’s called the elaborated theory of witchcraft and this is its beginning,” says Desjardins. “This is where a stew of ideas finally congealed into a coherent picture. This is where we get the first thorough statement of what witches do and why ‘we’ should persecute them.”

“This is one of the first three known depictions of women riding on brooms,” says Gow. It’s also one of the first detailed descriptions of witches having sex with the devil...
« Last Edit: October 27, 2012, 05:50:14 PM by Holly Stick »
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