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Pagan Pathway Gathering

THE BURNING TIMES

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THE BURNING TIMES

MANY OF THE DIFFERENT PAGAN PATHS WERE AFFECTED BY THE "WITCH HUNTS/TRIALS" OR "BURNING TIMES". HERE WE WILL GIVE SOME OF THE BASICS OF WHAT HAPPENED DURING THIS TIME.

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When Christianity began spreading people were being forced to convert over to the new ways. There were many that did not want to give up the ways they knew. The churches couldn't have this and banned the pratice of Witchcraft. Once the churches banned the pratice of Witchcraft...there were many WITCH HUNTS. When someone was accused of being a Witch any money and property of the accused was divided up between the accuser and the churches. Being 'rewarded' for turning in a Witch became a driving factor in alot of the accusations. Many who were accused of being Witches weren't Witches at all. They were victims of those who held a grudge against them. Sometimes people were declared a Witch because they weren't as attractive as others.  
There were many executed by hanging, burning, drowning and in Salem and a death by pressing (crushing to death between large stones). The histories of the WITCH TRIALS is very extensive....so please look up it up. We must be aware of our past to keep it from happening again.
 
In 1951, the laws against Witchcraft were repealed in England. A man named Gerald Gardner was the first to come into the public eye with a description of what modern witches were practicing. The name WICCA that is used today is based on "THE OLD WAYS" "THE OLD PATH"  or simply what was called "WITCHCRAFT"
 
AN INFORMATIVE VIDEO OF THE BURNING TIMES:

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THE WITCH'S MEMORIAL IN SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS

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GERALD GARDNER