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Salem Witch Trials And The Aftermath Elizabeth Parris and Abigail Williams wanted to know who there future husbands would be and what kind of work they would do As Puritans living in the wear 1692 dabbiling in the occult practice of fortune telling was forbidden Back then it was believed that tampering with God could lead you to Satan One of the girls instead of seeing a future husband saw something in the shape of a coffin Soon after that the girls started to display strange behavior fits as they were called by the people of Salem Village They would start to yell gibberish as arms and legs flew about there heads and bodies became distorted These fits spread to at least eight other girls from the ages of 12-19 and even some adults became inflicted The witch trials left innocent people dead and a town in ruins left to pick up the pieces The puritans defined witch craft as entering into a compact with the devil in exchange for certain powers to do evil Shiparo 65-67 So in any case when witch craft was suspected it was important that it was investigated thoroughly and the tormentors identified and judged Unknown to Samuel Parris who the tormentor was he ordered Tituba and her husband John Indian to bake a witch cake so the girls could name their tormentors A witch cake is made with rye mix and the urine from the afflicted it is then feed to a dog The person is considered bewitched if the dog displays similar symptoms as the afflicted The girls at first were hesitant to speak but Betty soon spoke and named Tituba The other girls soon spoke and named Sarah Osborne and Sarah Good All three women were perfect candidates for the accusations of witch craft Sarah Osborne was an elderly lady who had not gone to church in over a year Being a Puritan it was
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