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It looks as if the story of the red priestess Melisandre is only just getting started. But is she a prophet, or a witch?
A photograph from The Sabbat Cycle’s Austin stop, where a screening of ‘The Witch’ was held, followed by a satanic ritual.
The Satantic Temple
What, exactly, are the political goals of The Satanic Temple, which formed in 2013? A religion professor attended a recent satanic ritual to find out.
In Nigeria some children who are branded as witches suffer severe abuse.
In many parts of Nigeria, children are branded as witches and suffer abuse and even abandonment. Religion and poverty are thought to play a role.
The Witch, film poster.
Were evil witches really stealing children in the 17th century?
How are people railroaded through the justice system? Early modern witch trials can provide a clue.
Marginalised outsiders, community conflict and a bad reputation – the prosecution of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey has all the hallmarks of the early modern witchcraft persecution. Warning: spoilers ahead.
Why do some people reach for the word “witch” to describe the women around them?
Heks op de bezem, Kees Groeneveld, 1959.
Why did Peter Dutton choose 'witch' when describing Samantha Maiden? The word has a long history of misogyny – particularly towards outspoken or powerful women.
The Newcastle Witch Hunt (1650), from Ralph Gardiner’s account (1655).
Witches in fiction fascinate but what were they really like?
Melisandre, a witch inspired by early modern history, burns Mance Rayder in Game of Thrones.
While Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin openly draws on medieval and early modern history in the worlds of his books, his subversive depictions of witchcraft make his female characters both intriguing and powerful.
Great Comet of 1577, which Kepler witnessed as a child.
When Kepler was at the very height of his scientific career, his mother was accused of witchcraft.
History provides numerous accounts of real witches.
Forget fairy tales. History provides numerous accounts of real witches. These were flesh-and-blood women who seriously practised magic and believed in its efficacy.