Witchcraft and the Inquisition
"When you come into the land which the Lord your
God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those
There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or
his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a
soothsayer, or one who
interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a
shaman, or one who calls up the dead.
For all who do these things are
an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God
drives them out from before you. " - Deuteronomy 18:9-14
"There was a certain man called Simon, who
previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of
'This man has the great power of God.'
They heeded him
because he had astonished them with his sorceries.
When Simon saw that through the
laying on of apostles'
hands the Holy
Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying, 'Give me this power also,
that anyone on whom I lay hands may
receive the Holy Spirit.'
But Peter said to him, 'Your money perish
with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with
You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart
is not right in the sight of God.
therefore of this your wickedness,
and pray God if perhaps the thought
of your heart may be forgiven you.
For I see that you are poisoned
by bitterness and bound by iniquity." - Acts 8:9-11, 18-23
In 1484 Pope Innocent the
VIII, issued a proclamation that decreed all cats as involved with Satan as the
Egyptians venerated cats.
As result anyone seen talking to a cat was charged with
and burned at the stake. Any cat found was
The Black Death, the
bubonic plagues that swept
Europe, were caused by the systematic extermination of cats.
plague was spread to humans from the bites of fleas that rode in on the backs
of rats from the Mongolian steepe.
Without a stable cat population to
control the rats, the fleas spread everywhere and carried the infected fleas
The King James version of the New
Testament the words "witch", "witchcraft", and "witchcrafts" are used wherever
the masoretic text, from which it is translated, has kashaph or kesheph and
qesem, and the Septuagint has
pharmakeia in the underlying Greek text.
Kashaph literally means
herb user (a compound word
formed from the roots kash, meaning herb, and hapaleh, meaning using).
Pharmakeia of the Septuagint translates as
preparer, the one skilled in the use of herbs, is considered to be a
practitioner of witchcraft.
Under this definition anything steeped, both
tea and coffee, are potions.
Pharmaceutical manufactures prepare potions =
Malleus Maleficarum ("The
Hammer of Witches" or the "Hexenhammer") is considered by many to be the
classic Roman Catholic text on witchcraft.
Condemned by the Inquisition
in 1490 it was never officially used by the Catholic Church.
published in 1487, the book is notorious for its use in the
witch hunt craze of the fifteenth to
The work was originally prefaced by the papal
bull Summis desiderantes issued by Pope Innocent VIII on December 5, 1484, the
main papal document on witchcraft.
In Christian demonology, the
diabolical birthmark was an indelible mark that especially Satan, or any other
demon, made on the body of those who had made a
pact with him.
All witches and warlocks were said to have that
birthmark, because the diabolical pact was a necessary condition of such a
It was believed that this birthmark was made in a hidden place
of the person's body, i.e. the armpit, under the eye lip, in the genital zone,
inside the mouth.
It often looked like a scar or a spot with a special
shape (all this subject to interpretation by the judges that examined the
The other form of the diabolical mark (always present in
every accused according to the tribunals that used this test) was a small zone
of the body in which the individual could not feel a prick.
establish the proof of the needle the person's body was stung lanced a needle
until that area was found.
It has been proven that every person has an
insensible area in his/her body, so every person put to this 'test' was found
guilty of practicing witchcraft.
"At one time - not so very long ago - it
was considered monstrous wickedness to maintain that old women ought not to be burnt as
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