About Wicasta

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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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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Construction - Hold up, Holmes!

Web Site Upgrade Coming Soon

I should probably warn everybody that I’m about to upgrade the look of the Malleus Maleficarum web site. Generally speaking, the idea is to improve the functionality of the web site. What you’ll immediately notice is that most of the stuff you’re looking for will now be more easily accessible from the main menu bar […]

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Helen Ukpabio

Should Witch-Hunter Helen Ukpabio Be Allowed To Visit America?

from The Wild Hunt, Jason Pitzl-Waters The United States has a strong ethic of not interfering with the internal affairs of religious organizations. The recent unanimous Supreme Court decision affirming the right of “ministerial exception” sent a clear signal that our government is limited in what in can demand or regulate. In America, religious institutions […]

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Witch Burning

Germany Rehabilitates Its Persecuted ‘Witches’

It began with the trial and execution of an eight-year-old girl for witchcraft in the spring of 1630. Compelled to name others involved in an alleged nighttime dance with the devil in the town of Oberkirchen, the confession of young Christine Teipel sparked a wave of fingerpointing and subsequent trials. Within just three months, 58 people, […]

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Saudi Women

Saudi Arabia Beheads Woman Convicted of Practicing ‘Magic and Sorcery’

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi authorities have executed a woman who had been convicted of practicing magic and sorcery. The Saudi Interior Ministry says in a statement the execution took place Monday, but gave no details on the woman’s crime. The London-based al-Hayat daily, however, quoted Abdullah al-Mohsen, chief of the religious police who arrested […]

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We’re Moving! Possible Site Downtime

We’re moving to a new server as part of the Windhaven Network migration. While we don’t expect any major interruptions, there are always unforeseen problems when you’re dealing with new servers. If you do notice any downtime at all, please keep in mind that it will only be temporary. We’re expecting a few hiccups, but […]

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Witch Burning

Do Christians Know About Malleus Maleficarum? About Inquisition?

Ever the trouble-maker, I found myself responding to a question posed on Yahoo! this morning. The full question was – “Do Christians know about Malleus Maleficarum – Hammer of the Witches ? Know About Inquisition?” Well… no. Not really. Most Christians don’t know what the Malleus Maleficarum is, if they’ve heard about it at all. […]

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