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See See The Devil is here in Salem Village His familiars--the dogs the cats--work for this witch pinching and harassing your children Lasky 70 It was about 300 years ago that spoken words such as those defined a capital crime in early American history Witchcraft as we know it today was once shrouded in mystery If it had any power so long ago then fear and uncertainty were the sources The industrialized scientific age would argue that such beliefs should not exist in todays world On the contrary the intrigue and social dynamic that surrounds it allows it to thrive among the intellectual community in Western society However the best way to explain the witchcraft phenomena is not through spells and magic but through social and psychological aspects that develop the craft practice and belief Thus traveling back to the winter of 1692 in Salem Massachusetts a small group of girls began to have a set of described fits Before laying out the framework of the events that followed it is important to outline the social dynamic of Salem Village at the time The village was founded by Puritans from England seeking religious freedom from the Anglican Church in the New World The very name Puritan meant that they intended to purify the Church and that meant holding the Bible in very high esteem to its exact words This set the tone for not just religious but also government affairs Priest Environmentally Salem experienced harsh winters that brought much hardship such as illness and death Native inhabitants were also a factor in the death count Angered that the new settlers unjustly claimed the land and caused harm to their people they retaliated and attacked villagers in their homes As if the illness cold and struggle to survive were not enough now entire families could be wiped out in a single raid Unfortunately small children that were able to hide or managed to escape while their
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