(RNS) The first witches were healers, herbalists, midwives and wise women. How did our image of the Halloween witch evolve, and why? Let us ‘Splain …
Articles tagged “witchcraft”
(RNS) The witch doctors reportedly fueled the killings by inducing local people to believe “magic potions” made from body parts brought good luck and wealth.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Helen Ukpabio specializes in “liberating” captives in “deliverance sessions” and holds house meetings in London with people who believe she has power to expel demons.
(RNS) Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono may be the first Indonesian president to acknowledge publicly he believes in witchcraft. In a recently published memoir, he describes a “horror movie” style encounter with black magic at his residence.
HARTFORD, Conn. (RNS) Connecticut was executing suspected witches some 40 years before Salem, Mass. Scores of others were put on trial until witchcraft was no longer listed as a capital crime in 1715. But unlike other states, Connecticut has yet to acknowledge those sent to the gallows. And descendants are trying to change that. By Ann Marie Somma.
LONDON (RNS) British police have disclosed that they have investigated more than 80 witchcraft-based child abuse cases in the last decade and warned that the practice is “far more prevalent” than previously believed. By Al Webb.