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Hammer of the Witches


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Hello, wonderful people,

 

Now I've searched this and can't find it anywhere. I got a Nook today (they were out of the Kindle) and I put on my wish list 'The Hammer of the Witches.' Has anyone read this book and can you tell my what you thought of it. I'm trying to understand how witchcraft was viewed in the past. Oh if this is under another title then I'm sorry. I just couldn't spell the title of the book.

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It's a stupid book. But I think this is what you are referring to . . .

 

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Agree. The Malleus Maleficarum is a display of the ignorance of another time. Most witches read it at some point or other (I have), but IMO it's pretty pointless. Most people who've done any studying on that era of history know what happened without plowing through the MM.

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If you have any interest in what fueled the heretic persecutions in Europe and America called "Witch Hunts" - this book was a huge part of it.

 

That said, it won't provide instructions on "being a witch" - beyond providing inspiration on things to get up to for a good old bit of nose-thumbing.

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I think if you wish to learn about witches from the period rather than instructions for the atrocities perpetuated against those suspected of being witches, I suggest Carlo Ginzburg's E cstasies: Deciphering the Witch's Sabbath. Although it is very academic, I found it's reading level to be at the undergrad level and manageable.

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Dumbest and most horrific book I ever read, I mean honestly like our kind go around stealing sex organs.

 

I'm laughing right now. There are a number of books out there that I have on my wish list that deals with the past. I just like to have a well grounded view of things. I bought the Egyptian Book of the Dead by Budge and I'm looking forward in reading it.

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Dumbest and most horrific book I ever read, I mean honestly like our kind go around stealing sex organs.

 

What species of sex organs are you talking about? Human, animal, plant? There is a group in my area that slips into people's cattle fields at night and slaughters cows and takes all their reproductive organs. They're witches, but they're still theives and criminals. I guess it depends on what you mean by "our kind".

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I think if you wish to learn about witches from the period rather than instructions for the atrocities perpetuated against those suspected of being witches, I suggest Carlo Ginzburg's E cstasies: Deciphering the Witch's Sabbath. Although it is very academic, I found it's reading level to be at the undergrad level and manageable.

 

Thanks, I'll buy it from Amazon.

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Agree. The Malleus Maleficarum is a display of the ignorance of another time. Most witches read it at some point or other (I have), but IMO it's pretty pointless. Most people who've done any studying on that era of history know what happened without plowing through the MM.

 

Thanks for spelling the name of the book and thanks for your POV.

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What species of sex organs are you talking about? Human, animal, plant? There is a group in my area that slips into people's cattle fields at night and slaughters cows and takes all their reproductive organs. They're witches, but they're still theives and criminals. I guess it depends on what you mean by "our kind".

 

Human male and it was some kind of illusion that made the victim look like a naked ken doll. Penis control magic used to be very common. there is a classic age reference to making a poppet and sticking three needles in the liver area to control the victims sexual habits.

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