Soooo.....do I even have to explain why witches are on my mind? Halloween is 10 days away (still no costume idea) and witches are the coolest thing about halloween since they are actually real.
Thats right I said what we all secretly think...Witches are real.
So I did some research and found some totally weird facts about the history of witch craft that the movies just don't tell you.
1. From the late 1400's to the early 1700's it is estimated that anywhere from 60,000 people were executed under the charges of witchcraft. Most of these people (mostly women) were found guilty because they bore the mark of the witch even though no one even knows if that even existed.
Many feminists believe it was simplify an excuse to strip and search bound woman because the marks were found near the armpits, breasts, thighs or gentiles.
2. Hardly any witches were actually burnt at the stake. While most pictures depict a crowd cheering as a woman wails over angry flames, almost no witches were actually burnt at the stake. Most were hanged because it was the cheapest, most efficient way to execute someone.
3. Not all witches were female! While most accused witches were female there were men who were accused and killed for being witches. One man named Giles Corey was actually pressed to death by rocks because he refused to pled guilty or not guilty. He is the only person to ever be pressed to death.
4. Witches did fly on broomsticks .... kind of. People who practiced would rub ointment from plants on their bodies that had hallucinogenic effects if absorbed through the armpits or mucus membranes (aka the vagina or rectum). The witches would then experience a light feeling of flying after applying the slave with, you guessed it, a broom stick. It was the modern day acid trip!