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Depending upon whom you ask, Wicasta Lovelace is an author, musician, artist, web designer and/or delusional lunatic (which one he is at any given moment depends upon the day of the week, really). You can find him on Google+, Twitter and Facebook. Wicasta is working on several novels and recording music with his band, Windhaven.

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Witchcraft Flowchart

So, You’ve Been Accused of Witchcraft

Been accused of witchcraft? We were alerted to a wonderful chart that was posted to the Lapham’s Quarterly web site. Lapham’s Quarterly is an excellent magazine of history and ideas. The chart they posted is a handy reference flowchart that details how to “avoid the ultimate punishment with this guide from the 1486 witch-hunting manual, […]

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Bihar Village Bazaar

Three Beaten to Death for Practicing Witchcraft in Bihar

Daily Bhaskar: Gaya, Bihar, India – In an age when scientists have almost accurately discovered the God Particle that gave mass to all other particles, people are being beaten to death for practicing witchcraft. The residents of Karasan village have beaten up two people to death on Thursday for allegedly practicing witchcraft. According to reports in […]

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Helen Duncan

Britain’s ‘Last Witch’: The Campaign to Pardon Helen Duncan

Anyone who thinks witch hunts are a thing of the far distant past (like the Middle Ages) would do well to consider the example of Spiritualist Helen Duncan. She was found guilty in Britain of contravening section 4 of the Witchcraft Act of 1735 - in 1944! Campaigners looking to clear the name of Britain’s last convicted witch […]

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Malleus Maleficarum, 1948 Edition

Malleus Maleficarum, 1948 Hardback @ eBay

An original 1948 edition of Rev. Montague Summers’ translation of the Malleus Maleficarum has come up for sale on eBay. This is the edition which was transcribed and placed online here on the web site. If you’re interested, you’ll be bidding on a used, hardcover edition of the Malleus Maleficarum, with an introduction and notes […]

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The Truth About Predatory Programming

Malleus Maleficarum : The Truth About Predatory Programming

I just read a very interesting article by Clyde Lewis on the Ground Zero Media, in which he references the Malleus Maleficarum and makes some interesting connections to it and discusses the truth about predatory programming. It’s worth the read, in respect to some of the societal shifts which seem to be in the news of […]

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Albino African

Albino Teenager Raped In Suspected Witchcraft Cure

by William J. Mbangula Informante.web, Namibia 23 May 2012 The suspected rapist of a 16-year old albino girl was denied bail in Oshakati Magistrate Court on Monday, 21 May. After a tip-off from members of the community the accused, Jonas Mathias, known as Iingumu Netsali (44), from a village near Ongwediva was arrested by the […]

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Ranjita Basumatary

Witchcraft in Assam, India

Ranjita Basumatary does not look much like a witch. Outside her home in Udalguri, a dusty town set amid the sun-baked plains of India’s north-eastern state of Assam, she hangs a green gamosa scarf around your correspondent’s neck and invites him in for tea to talk about witchcraft in Assam. Five years ago, in early […]

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GOP War On Women

War On Contraception Is War Against Women

March 12, 2012 4:44 PM Letter to the editor, JDNews.com. The Republican war on women’s health culminated, in 2011, with nearly 1,000 anti-abortion bills in state legislatures and continual attacks on the federal level — especially against Planned Parenthood. Criminalizing contraception has always been a goal. The war on contraception is war against women. The […]

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Pittenweem, Fife

Village Plans Scotland’s First Official Memorial To Witches

The 1,600 citizens of a Scottish village called Pittenweem, Fife, are taking part in a controversial “referendum” on whether they want a memorial to witches who were tortured and killed by vengeful mobs in the early 18th Century and where such a memorial should be. At least 26 “witches” were tortured and 18 of them […]

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Mary Magdalene by Peter Paul Reubens

Introduction to Online Edition

The Malleus Maleficarum (Latin for “The Hammer of Witches”, or “Hexenhammer” in German) is one of the most famous medieval treatises on witches. It was written in 1486 by Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger, and was first published in Germany in 1487. Its main purpose was to challenge all arguments against the existence of witchcraft and to instruct magistrates on how to identify, interrogate and convict witches.

Some modern scholars believe that Jacob Sprenger contributed little if anything to the work besides his name, but the evidence to support this is weak. Both men were members of the Dominican Order and Inquisitors for the Catholic Church. They submitted the Malleus Maleficarum to the University of Cologne’s Faculty of Theology on May 9, 1487, seeking its endorsement.

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