Woodcut, circa 1400. A witch, a demon and a warlock fly toward a peasant woman.
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The idea of organized satanic witchcraft was invented in 15th-century Europe by church and state authorities, who at first had a hard time convincing regular folks it was real.
A crop circle in Switzerland.
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A rabid dog’s bite can make a person seem to have animal characteristics.
Fear of a disease that seemed to turn people into beasts might have inspired belief in supernatural beings that live on in today's creepy Halloween costumes.
Seeing a ‘bright light’ was probably just your brain hallucinating.
The scientific explanations might not be definitive, but your brain is largely responsible.
The blood moon myths are many and varied, but, at the end of the day, it's just an eclipse.
This is the real reason you believe in superstitions.
Superstition holds that Friday 13th is the day to stay in bed and avoid taking risks. But it's all in our heads.
Did the Chicago Cubs break the curse of the Billy Goat to win the 2016 World Series in baseball?
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Many sports enthusiasts are notoriously superstitious. Why is that so?
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The Newcastle Witch Hunt (1650), from Ralph Gardiner’s account (1655).
Witches in fiction fascinate but what were they really like?
What can concealed objects and engraved symbols tell us about our convict past?
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Serbian villagers fear vampires, but we have our own superstitions in the Anglosphere.
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If the latest spate of news stories coming out of Serbia are anything to go by, the tiny and otherwise unassuming village of Zarožje has something of a vampire problem. Local legend tells of Sava Savanovi…