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zoltan hound dracula wrote:THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS WERE A SERIES OF HEARINGS AND PROSECUTIONS OF PEOPLE ACCUSED OF WITCHCRAFT IN COLONIAL MASSACHUSETTS,BETWEEN FEBUARY 1692 AND MAY 1693.....WHATS YOUR OPINION ON THE COURTS ACTIONS TO EXECUTE ALL THOSE PEOPLE AND DO YOU BELIEVE THAT SATIN WAS LET LOOSE IN MASSACHUSETTS?
jadewik wrote:I think it's a classic example of paranoia in conjunction with a rampant epidemic of Ergot poisoning... which was followed by several instances of people taking advantage of a situation.
Puritans were extremely religious. Anything that seemed out of the ordinary or if it was something they couldn't explain was classified as "Satanic". (Heaven forbid someone had epilepsy... ) There is a lot of conjecture that the whole ordeal was influenced by a toxin in Rye bread, which caused Ergot poisoning. One of the symptoms of Ergot poisoning is hallucinations, so that seems to be the most accurate scientific explanation of the situation to date.
Of course, once "the hanging Judge" (Judge Hathorne) came to town, it became a matter of trying to stay alive amidst the mud fight of accusations. Why, with the witch outbreak, if you wanted your neighbor's 10 Acre farm to add to your farmlands... just call 'em a witch! Hathorne had a reputation... so I think people were playing upon their knowledge that the judge would more than likely hang the offender. And, that's exactly what he did.
Fortunately, someone put an end to the whole thing. Unfortunately, they didn't end it soon enough.
I've been to Salem. It's a very fun place.
Here are some of my Salem Photos
... and a couple Salem related articles I wrote for my paranormal blog:
Burying Point Cemetery
jadewik wrote:Wow! Murf, what an eloquent description of what happened. I do love your answer. =)
Murfreesboro wrote:Yes, Cromwell was the leader of the Puritans and head of the Protectorate during the 1650s (this after King Charles I was beheaded in 1649). I think Cromwell died around 1658, and his son took over from him, but didn't last long.
He was very anti-Catholic and went after the Catholics in both Scotland and Ireland. The Irish still hate him.
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