What is the height of the Hindu hypocrisy


The imaginary witch sect and the accusation of blasphemy
in the early modern period
(Blasphemy Splinter VI)

The accusation of blasphemy is an effective means of stigmatizing unpopular people and groups, as many examples of early modern European history show. But whether denominational opponents or hideous atheists - none of them could take on the threat potential of that threatening secret organization that seemed to question the religious and secular order more radically than anything else: the witches. Between the 15th and 18th centuries, thousands of people, mostly women, were suspected of being witches, accused and often sentenced to death in all of Latin Christendom. They were accused of using magical means to conjure up deadly diseases in their neighbors, of damaging the cattle in the stables and the crops in the fields. Magic, however, as Christian theologians have long taught, did not work out of itself, but rather represented the language to communicate with demonic forces. So the reality was that the devil was behind all those damaging spells, and that made the whole thing even more frightening. As contemporary preachers and lawyers, as well as the mass media of the time, never tired of emphasizing, it was not just about isolated crimes, as it were, about ordinary criminals, but about an organized attack on the Christian community, about the activities of a satanic secret sect, who wanted to promote chaos and who clung to an unknown number of people - who knows, maybe even the neighbor who always behaved so suspiciously?

It deserves to be explicitly stated that this alleged sect was a completely imaginary matter which as a group never existed in reality, regardless of the fact that there were one or the other person who subjectively believed it was to be able to heal or even harm with magical means. Continue reading Ritual Blasphemy →