Witchcraft

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I'm curious about your interview with the witch. Did it really come off? If you can find the time to write, I'd appreciate hearing from you about it.

Sidney Birnbaum, Mathematics Dept., University of South Carolina
The Student witch's paper, "A Brief Outline of White Witchcraft, or The Old Religion" is included at the end of this chapter.
In writing this book I had a t[...]
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I'm curious about your interview with the witch. Did it really come off? If you can find the time to write, I'd appreciate hearing from you about it.

Sidney Birnbaum, Mathematics Dept., University of South Carolina
The Student witch's paper, "A Brief Outline of White Witchcraft, or The Old Religion" is included at the end of this chapter.
In writing this book I had a twofold purpose: 1) To tell "where it's at" and "what's happening NOW" in the world of modern witchcraft and 2) To avoid as much as possible the usual historic rehash of the subject found in most books dealing with witchcraft. The historical data I have included is pertinent to the book and is primarily that which most such books leave out; The chapter on "Christmas: Pagan Holiday" is a good example.
The following is quoted from Reason: The Only Oracle of Man by Ethan Allen published in Bennington, Vermont, 1784: "Witchcraft and priest craft were introduced into this world together, in its nonage; and has gone on, hand in hand together, until about half a century past, when witchcraft began to be discredited ... This discovery has depreciated.
Priestcraft, on the scale of at least fifty per cent per annum...”

Sir William Blackstone in his Commentaries on the Laws Of England in the 1850 edition, pg. 59, had this to say: "To deny the possibility, nay, actual existence of witchcraft and sorcery is at once flatly to contradict the revealed word of God in various passages of both the Old and the New Testament, and the thing itself is a truth to which every nation in the world has in its turn borne testimony, either by example seemingly well tested, or by prohibitory laws which at least suppose the possibility of commerce with evil spirits."

In closing I'd like to quote one more statement from America's own Mark Twain in his book Europe And Elsewhere: "During many ages there were witches. The Bible said so. The Bible commanded that they should not be allowed to live. Therefore the Church, after doing its duty in but a lazy and indolent way for 800 years, gathered up its halters, thumbscrews, and firebrands, and set about its holy work in earnest.

She worked hard at it night and day during nine centuries and imprisoned, tortured, hanged and burned whole hordes and armies of witches, and washed the Christian world clean with their foul blood.
Then it was discovered that there are no such thing as witches, and never had been. One does not know whether to laugh or to cry.

Who discovered that there was no such thing as a witch the priest, the parson? No, these never discover anything. At Salem, the parson clung pathetically to his witch text after the laity had abandoned it in remorse and tears for the cruelties it had persuaded them to do. The parson wanted more blood, more shame, more brutalities; it was the unconsecrated laity that stayed his hand."

Elsewhere in the same book Mark Twain says: "There are no witches. The witch text remains; only the practice has changed. Hell fire is gone, but the text remains. Infant damnation is gone, but the text remains. More than 200 death penalties are gone from the law books, but the texts that authorized them remain."

A Brief Outline of White Witchcraft
("The Old Religion")

I. History
Tradition holds, and anthropological evidence tends to bear it out that at one time a race of 'pygmies' or very small people (averaging 4-1/2 - 5' tall at maturity) lived in Northern France on the type of topography known as heaths. This would date back to around 2000 B.C. As other tribes moved into the area this race of dwellers upon the heaths, or 'heathens' as they eventually came to be called, retreated north and west finally crossing the English Channel.

When the Saxons invaded Britain, the 'little people' came under considerable persecution and kept moving toward Wales, finally settling in that region, though some moved on to Ireland, where they may have been the origin of folk tales about 'the little people'. This is further borne out by the fact that these dwellers upon the heath began to construct conical underground dwellings to escape notice of their more warlike neighbors, some of which still exist in Wales and southwestern England.
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