Witchcraft Descriptive Essay by KatiaK

Discusses witchcraft during the Renaissance period.
# 111179 | 810 words | 4 sources | APA | 2006 | CA

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This paper discusses how the religion of witchcraft was affected by the Renaissance. The paper explains that, during the Renaissance movement, older religious beliefs, institutions and spiritual folklore were stigmatized and abandoned in favour of Christianity. The paper further explains that witchcraft was then viewed as a form of magic because the witches were associated with practioners, who utilized herbs to cure people and to cast spells. The paper relates that, during the Renaissance, many witches were stereotyped, persecuted and made scapegoats for society's problems.

From the Paper:

"After the birth of the Renaissance movement, many people still approached witches to help them with their problems, but anyone caught engaging in these practices could be tried, imprisoned, or executed. In fact, many of the stereotypes about witches have stayed afloat, having been born during the Renaissance. From the Mediterranean to Ireland, witches were said to fly about at night, drinking blood, killing babies, and devouring human corpses. Many early Christian missionaries encouraged newly converted kingdoms to pass laws protecting men and women from charges of witchcraft."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • http://www.learner.org/exhibits/middleages/medical/2.3.html (NM's Creative Impulse)
  • http://history.evansville.net/renaissa.html#Introduction (Annenberg/CPB)
  • Ginzburg, Carlo.(2004). Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches' Sabbath. University of Chicago Press.
  • King, Richard, J. (1903). Handbook to the Cathedrals of England: Northern Division.

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Witchcraft (2009, January 12) Retrieved April 17, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/descriptive-essay/witchcraft-111179/

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