Welcome Fellow Bookworms, to Witchcraft Wednesday
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have magical powers, to summon minions and ride on a broomstick, through the glittering stars?
But, make no mistake- witches cannot be tied down to such a laughable stereotype.
Witches are portrayed as these magical, all-powerful beings when the reality of being viewed as a witch was far from glamorous.
First Salem Witch Hanging ~ June 1692
In June of 1962, Bridget Bishop of Massachusetts was found guilty of practicing witchcraft, and hanged.
In february of that year, two young girls who had suffered fits claimed to be suffering from the effects of witchcraft. Shortly after, Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne, and an Indian Slave- Tituba were the first salem residents to be accused of engaging in witchcraft.
Tituba soon confessed her guilt and alerted citizens that there were more witches nearby.
Over the next few months, 150 residents claimed to have suffered from the effects of witchcraft and identified more and more citizens as WITCHES.
The first individual to be tried was Bridget Bishop. She was accused of practising witchcraft by the majority of Salem and was known for her questionable morals. Bridget often frequented taverns, dressed provocatively (by Puritan standards), and had already been married three times.
Despite pleading innocence, Bridget was found guilty and executed by hanging on June 10th. 13 other women and 5 men shared her fate. The fates of these poor souls were sealed the moment their trials commenced. The witnesses involved began to have fits and supposed hallucinations, and so the supposed witches were found guilty.
In October that year, the Governor of Massachusetts, William Phipps, ordered the court that convicted those hanged to be dissolved. He replaced it with a Superior Court of Justice, which forbid witnesses from making such sensational claims during their testimonies.
The witch trials quickly came to an end, but as a result, 19 innocent people died.
Can you see how ludicrous the stereotype of a WITCH is?
I hope you enjoyed this piece of witchy history.
Enjoy Your Reading, Beautiful Bookworms.