Salem Witch Trials
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In the three hundred years since the Witch Trials in Salem, there has been much speculation concerning whether those accused of Witchcraft in 1692, were in fact Witches or merely the objects of the hysteria that raged through New England at that time.
Neither the Witches' Voice, nor any other group, has been able to come up with a definitive answer to the above question. However, it can be stated that "Witchcraft" as defined by the religious clergy and public authorities of that time, in no way can be identified as the same Witchcraft practiced by thousands of people in the Salem area today. What was described in the documents of the trials is not now,and never has been, the belief or practice of the "Craft of the Wise". Witches are not opposed to Christianity or any other spiritual path. We believe all are free to pursue their religion in peace.
Were the victims of 1692 really "Witches" as described in the trial records? Probably not. They all professed to be "good and god fearing people" to the end.
Were they Witches as defined within the tenets of Witchcraft as a religion? We will probably never know for sure.
(Chairperson - The Witches' Voice)
Web Sites related to the Salem Witch Trials of 1692
| Experience the Salem Witch Trials.... |
Designed by National Geographic, this site uses an interplay of image and text to evoke the hysterical tenor of Salem during the witchcraft trials. Experience the proceedings first hand as you assume the identity of a town resident accused of sorcery. Your life is on the line -- how will you plead? When you've completed your Salem adventure, wander over to Ask the Expert and pose any lingering questions to historian Richard Trask. Good design and lots of info, worth checking out.
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- The Pickering Wharf Home Page: Since the late 1970's, the Pickering Wharf Shopping Village has been recognized as the jewel of Massachusetts' North Shore retail sites. The Wharf is located on Salem Harbor, on the Heritage Trail, and next to the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. There is a constant bustle of "bewitching" marine, historic and retail activity. In 1994, over one million tourists visited the City of Salem. The Wharf's many boutiques, restaurants, boating excursions, and seasonal events provide visitors with a variety of funfilled options all year round.
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