Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Witch-Hunting in the Western World

On Sunday, October 19, at Caltech University, Dr. John Demos will be giving a lecture titled The Enemy Within: 2000 Years of Witch-Hunting in the Western World.

"Long before the Salem witch trials, women and men were rounded up by neighbors, accused of committing horrific crimes using supernatural powers, scrutinized by priests and juries, and promptly executed. The belief in witchcraft — and the deep fear of evil it instilled in communities — led to a cycle of accusation, anger, and purging that has occurred repeatedly in the West for centuries..."

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