Colonial Woman and Religion-?Woman and Witchcraft? Essay

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Colonial Woman and Religion-?Woman and Witchcraft?

It was at staid Boston that Anne Hutchinson marshaled her forces; it was at peace-loving
Salem that the Devil marshaled his witches in a last despairing onslaught against the
saints. To many of its readers there seemed to be little or no connection between
witchcraft and religion; but an investigation of the facts leading to the death sentence
of the various martyrs to superstition at Salem will convince the skeptical that there was
a most intimate relationship between the Puritan belief and the theory of witchcraft.

Looking back after the passing of more than two hundred years, it was said to believe the
bizarre explanation, skilled and thoroughly intelligent folk as the Puritans could have
believed in the possession of this evil power. It especially appeared incredibly when it
was remembered that here was a people that came to this country for the exercise of
religious freedom, a citizenship that descended from men trained in the universities of
England, a well-built band that under extreme privation has created an institution within
sixteen years after the settlement of wilderness. It was borne in the mind that the
Massachusetts colonies were not alone in this belief in witchcraft. It as common
throughout the world, and was as aged as humankind. Deprived of the aid of modern science
in explaining odd methods and activities, man had long been adapted to fall back upon
devils, witches, and evil spirits as premises for his arguments. While the execution of
the witch was not so common an event elsewhere in the world, during the Salem period, yet
it was unknown among ‘so-called' open-minded people. In 1712, a woman was burned near
London for witchcraft and several city clergymen were among the prosecutors.
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