Witchcraft is a composite phenomenon drawing from folklore, sorcery, demonology, heresy, and Christian theology. The chief individual components defined as witchcraft in the classical period were: (1) those generally derived from sorcery (approximately 31%)-shapeshifting, riding or flying, cannibalism, child murder, the use of salves, familiars, invocation of demons, and the choice of night as the time for witch activities; (2) components generally derived from other folklore traditions (23%)-the goddess Diana, wild dances, the “Good Society,: the wild man and the wild chase, incubi, and passing through closed doors or walls; (3) components deriving mainly from heresy (27%)-the definition of witchcraft as a sect, secret meetings, desecration of Cross or sacraments, formal repudiation of church, synagoga, sex orgies, and feasting; (4) components added for the most part by theologians (19%)-pact, Devil’s mark, worship of, sacrifice to, or homage to the Devil; the obscene kiss, and the sabbat . The sabbat appears in medieval witchcraft only at the end of the 15th century; the coven and the black mass simply did not exist and are in no way a part of medieval witchcraft.
For we have seen that Witchcraft as it existed in Europe from the 11th century was mainly the spawn of Gnostic heresy by its very nature embraced and absorbed much of heathendom. In some sense Witchcraft was a descendant of the old pre-Christian magic, but it soon assumed a slightly different form, or rather at the advent of Christianity it was exposed and shown in its real foul essence as the worship of the Evil Principle, the Enemy of Mankind, Satan.
Sorcery, pagan religion, and folklore were the first three elements in the formation of European witchcraft. Christian heresy was the fourth. When the witch-craze began at the end of the Middle Ages, its most important beliefs were: (1) the ride by night, (2) the pact with the Devil, (3) the formal repudation of Christianity, (4) the secret, nocturnal meeting, (5) the desecration of the eucharist and the crucifix, (6) the orgy, (7) sacrificial infanticide, and (8) cannibalism. Every one of these elements was either introduced into the tradition of witchcraft by heresy or at least heavily modified by it.
Kicked Out of Heaven Vol. II
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The Untold History of The White Races cir. 700 – 1700 a.d.
666 pages 197 pages
- ISBN-10: 1943820058
- ISBN-13: 978-1943820054
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Kicked Out Of Heaven Vol. II: The Untold History of The White Races cir. 700-1700 a.d. is a 3 volume series that will be released one by one. This book details everything about European society and mentality. In this edition you will find these facts: Alcoholism & The Blue Devils, Insanity & Lead Poisoning, Ergot (LSD) Hallucinations, The Sweating Sickness & Leprosy, The Tobacco Enema & Leeches, The Defloration Mania, The Dancing Mania, The Black Death, The Gravediggers & Body Snatchers, Jews Poisoning the Wells, Millions of Deaths, Folklore & Superstition, Magic Mirrors & Crystal Balls, Witches Dancing in Baby Blood, Pants Made of Human Skin, Necromancy & Ghost Armies, Attacks from The Undead, Lycanthropy & Were-Wolves, Multiple Cases of Vampires, Who is Satan, Lucifer & The Devil!
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