Salem Witch Trials
Witches are hated figures to Christian circles.Even
in the present time pagans and wiccans remain targeted by Chirstians especially
in America.The witches took on a bad history by Christians and a symbol
of Satan. This search of witches might give some hints.
As this Inquisition kept going through the fourteen
hundreds, its focus switched from Heritics and Jews to so called witches.
Even though Pope Gregory the IX had authorized the slaughter of witches
in the 12 hundreds, in 1484 Pope Innocent VIII issued a bill stating witches
do live, thus becoming a heresy to think otherwise. This was quite a switch
because in 906 the Canon Episcopi, a church law declared that belief in
the life and use of withcrafts were heresy.
As a result of this,authorities from churches executed
thousands of women and not but a few men in a try to get them to confess
they soared through the sky,transformed into animals, and engaged in different
sorts of Black Magic.
The making of the concept of satanic beliefs followed
by persecution allowed the church to more easily take people to authoritarian
control and openly denigrate females. Most of what was seen as witchcraft
were simple creations of the church, but some was real or almost real practice
with pagans and wiccans. In fact the word witch from the Old English word
Wicca which was used for the definement of male and female members of ancient
pagan tradition which reveres muscular,feminine and earthly aspects of God.
The traditions of Wiccans involve both heaven and earth, both the this world
and the next. Also involving a tradition which was not quite as heiacrhical
and aurthoritarian, and this symbolized a straight challenge to the Christian
Plus the execution of anything that represented feminine
religiosity went to interesting lengths in the devotion to Mary becoming
a suspect. Today the shape of Mary is both popular and important to the
Catholic church, but to the Inquisition it was a probable sign of overemphasizing
the feminine aspect of Christianity. In the Canary Islands, Aldonca de Vargas
was reported to the Inquisition for nothing more than smiling and hearing
mention of Mary.