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Mar 4 Lecture - New England and old England-occult world A...

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New England and old England—occult world A. Magic B. Witchcraft a. fear of witches b. allegations of malefic power c. actual witchcraft d. counter-magic i. frequently some Christian text or faith was used to chase away the devil or witch ii. preachers are often against it iii. Example 1. a woman claims that she can banish evil spirits by quoing a passage in the bible 2. a boy believes that if he sleeps with his sword on top of him and then he’s able to call out for help and can fight them 3. many believe that an afflicted person’s hair can be burned or urine can be boiled, the witch will appear or counteract her magic 4. Mather was approached because a daughter was afflicted by magic, so the young girl was to move into his household (not uncommon). After she’s there a while she finds that she can escape the spirits in Mather’s study. He performs tests and discovers that she cannot pray, listen to the bible, or certain Puritan works, they brought about convulsions. When exposed to Catholic and Quaker works she was able to read that material.
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