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Witchcraft and its Social Origins Witchcraft is it real or is it imaginative This question is one that has been on the mind of historians for years Witchcraft is defined as the use of supposed supernatural power for antisocial ends So how can we look at the formation of witches What factors if any may have played a role in the rise of witchcraft Was witchcraft just a onetime thing or did it exist before the rise of the trials in Salem The social origins of witchcraft are important to understand if we are to be able to confirm the acts of many people that where supposed witches We need to trace the past events cause we may be able to trace the chain of events that lead to the rise of witches But if no chain exists than we must explore new concepts and ideas that may have lead to the formation of witchcraft This may give us a better understanding of why many people choose witchcraft as a way of life To get a better understanding of witches and witchcraft it is important that we understand the origins of witchcraft There were witches before the outcry in Salem The beginning of witchcraft has been traced back to the monotheistic faith in the Old Testament times US World News witches Witches back then clung to the old idolatries of the time period Back in this time period though witches were not as obvious as they became to be It wasnt until the Middle Ages did the concept arise that witches existed but they received a small amount of attention that they were seeking In this time witches were believed to have received their powers under a formal contract from Satan It wasnt until the mid 19th century on that the real outbreaks of students of medieval witchcraft started to express their beliefs publicly The problem however is not believed to be the witchcraft
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