Just in time for Halloween, Sherry at the Family Tree Writer blog, has written this post: Was Your Ancestor a Witch? In her post she tells of any elderly woman who is hard of hearing. Because of the way she acts, due to hearing loss, she is accused of being a witch. Though she had many people on her side, she was convicted and hung. It turns out that some of her accusers were involved with her in a land dispute.
You may that in the Portuguese tradition, a witch is a “feiteceira”. Though they were traditionally healers, feiteceras delved into the superstitious. They provided remedies for such things as removing “the evil eye.” Some of their practices involve lighting candles, chants, and special prayers. I don’t know much about it but it seems that it blends some of the Catholic religious traditions with traditional healing.
The Salem Witch Hunt Trials were a particularly sad time in human history. The people who were accused of the crime of witchcraft were merely misunderstood. Many suffered medical conditions which lead people to see them as strange or odd.
Read the post and learn a little bit about the Salem Witch Hunts and one of the victims.