Witch

Witch

The first witches were not the evil beings we have come to know at Halloween. They were actually women who discovered the benefits of herbs for healing. However, when Chritianity spread across Europe, the Church regarded them as evil, as only men were supposed heal. This led to the persuction of many witches and eventually the famous Salem witch trials.

About Witch

In anthropological terminology, a 'witch' differs from a sorcerer in that they do not use physical tools or actions to curse; their maleficium is perceived as extending from some intangible inner quality, and the person may be unaware that they are a 'witch', or may have been convinced of their own evil nature by the suggestion of others. This definition was pioneered in a study of central African magical beliefs by E. E. Evans-Pritchard, who cautioned that it might not correspond with normal English usage.