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By Nicole EreniEuropean witchcraft was a unique phenomenon which differed from Europeanhigh magic from the low magic or simple sorcery Russel 658 High magicand simple sorcery differ however in methods and motivation 658 Highmagic was astrology and alchemy 658 Sorcerers are usually people thatare motivated by strong feelings of jealously revenge malice which areexperienced by everyone Marwich 3042 More supernatural are witches whoare slaves of aberration and addiction that are consideration weird 3041The word witch derives from the Old English noun wicca sorcerer and theverb wiccian to cast the spell The term does not really have a sinistermeaning to it It comes from the adjective white which means to help othersThroughout British history superstitions regarding witches have affectedthe lifestyle of the people and literature of the worldOne question that everyone wants to know is if European witchcraft reallyexists If it exists merely as a concept a body of beliefs or whether itexists objectively is the question that baffles people But whether witchcraftexist or not the concept of witchcraft dominated the period of the late MiddleAges through the Renaissance and the Reformation and down to the Eighteenthcentury Estimated over 100000 to 200000 people were executed and millionswere tortured and terrified by the government Russel 658 Thereforewitchcraft brought the darkest periods in the European historyThe first witches knew about nature they really helped perform remediesin a time of need Magic is what people started to beleive the witches wereperforming at first in their lives Stallman 11 They started to beleivethey could start making people afraid and so thats what they did 13People also believed to became a witch a seed in the mothers milf whilebreast fedding was placed in a little child during infantsy Marwich 3042First the witches practiced sorcery Eliade 417 Sorcery fills societalfunctions that merges from religion 416 Since the 1800s a new kind ofdiabolic witchcraft evolved in medieval and early modern Europe 417 Sorcerydemands no attributes and can be practiced by anyone
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