Witchcraft is an occult practice like sorcery in which the practitioner performs magic. It is a kind of Satanism which is found in the worship and ceremonies of the witches’ coven. The term Coven denotes the gathering of witches who meet often for carrying out witchcraft. Though attempts have been made to curb witchcraft by persecuting the witches yet this evil practice still persists in several countries.
As I have discussed in one of my blogs remove voodoo dolls witchcraft and black magic are quite ancient practices. The history of witchcraft can be traced back to the early days of mankind. During that period witchcraft was looked upon as a magical phenomenon that was called upon for magical rites which guaranteed fortune, protection against illnesses etc.
After 1000 AD this practice drew strong criticism from the priests and other members of the society. It came out in the open that witches were evil people, who made agreements with the Devil just like the black magicians. Thus began the massive witch hunts and the first battle against the witches was held in 1022. Witches faced either death penalty or severe punishments such as being burnt or stoned to death. Many people who were accused of being witches were put to trial with punishments varying according to regions and times.
In the beginning of the 18th century these witch hunts declined. The final executions of the people who were convicted as witches in Europe took place in the 18th century. The Witchcraft Act of 1735 had marked the end of witch hunting in Great Britain. However, periodic witch trials were carried on during the second half of the 18th century. In Germany sorcery was considered to be an offense punishable by law till the late 18th century.
In the present age witch hunts have been carried out in Sub-Saharan Africa, Papua New Guinea and India. Official laws against witchcraft legislation exist in only Saudi Arabia and Cameroon at present.
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