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In the town of Salem, in Massachusetts Bay Colony, several girls who were listening to the voodoo tales of a West Indian slave, Tibuta, said they were possessed by devils. They then proceeded in saying the names of three innocent women. These women were brought to trial and, under pressure, falsely stated the names of others who were working together to posses the girls. These three women, along with sixteen others, were falsely accused of witchcraft and were hung. Nearly 150 were imprisoned.
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In the town of Salem, in Massachusetts Bay Colony, several girls who were listening to the voodoo tales of a West Indian slave, Tibuta, said they were possessed by devils. They then proceeded in saying the names of three innocent women.
  
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Under the Puritan rule of the colony at the time, the existance of witches was accepted as clear fact on scriptoral grounds. In accordance with Exodus 22:18, "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live," witchcraft was criminalised and considered a capital offense.
  
Later on, people began to doubt there really were witches. The colonial legislature took back their accusations, and the trials were stopped.
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These women were brought to trial and, under pressure, stated the names of others who were working together to posses the girls. These three women, along with sixteen others, were accused of witchcraft and were hung. Nearly 150 were imprisoned.
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Ironicly, tourist influence has now made Salem known for a high density of occult-themed shops.

Revision as of 15:01, 15 March 2007

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May-October 1692

In the town of Salem, in Massachusetts Bay Colony, several girls who were listening to the voodoo tales of a West Indian slave, Tibuta, said they were possessed by devils. They then proceeded in saying the names of three innocent women.

Under the Puritan rule of the colony at the time, the existance of witches was accepted as clear fact on scriptoral grounds. In accordance with Exodus 22:18, "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live," witchcraft was criminalised and considered a capital offense.

These women were brought to trial and, under pressure, stated the names of others who were working together to posses the girls. These three women, along with sixteen others, were accused of witchcraft and were hung. Nearly 150 were imprisoned.

Ironicly, tourist influence has now made Salem known for a high density of occult-themed shops.