The Start Of The Witch Trials In Europe

The witchcraft and supernatural hysteria in Europe lasted from the 13th to the 19th century.In these years as many as one million accused individuals were executed, tortured, and died. The peak of this killing spree was in the 16th and 17th centuries. During this period, in a Midelfort, 19972, Germany there was over 400 people were killed. This was only one day of executions. Generally the executed were women, poor, and widows. The fear of the supernatural existence is believed to be started by the intellectuals of this time, the educated, rich, males. But in the early 13th century witchcraft insinuations were particularly by the Catholic churches. These did not last long and people started to be accused by people of the medical profession.


mostly in developing countries, the belief of witchcraft still exists. In sub-Saharan Africa witchcraft is often blamed for AIDS and HIV deaths. Also in Africa, in modern Tanzania, witch killings were found to be damaging their economic state.

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