Hello again all! I was researching a couple of things on the internet regarding Wiccan history, and general history of Pagan practices as a whole, and I came across a site claiming that the Witch Burnings never happened (and this was a Wiccan site). I was a little surprised by this comment, but was interested so I kept on reading. After I had finished with that site, I had found a number of other sites that said the exact same things. There were actually more sites that said Witches were never burned, than not. Apparently, so says these sites, there were only thirtysix people executed on account of accusations of Witchcraft, and none of them were by burning at the stake. The methods apparently were hanging, and being slowly stone boarded (having a board layed on your body whilst you are lying down, and then having stones slowly piled onto the board, until finally your rib cage collapses).
The general wiccan belief by my experience, is that hundreds of people, some witches some not, were burned at the stake for accusations of Witchcraft, and that all the books were burned et cetera (you all know the story). But here's the thing I've read over and over: there's no evidence...I wouldn't be surprised if Witches WERE burned at the stake, it just wasn't administered by the Catholic Church or Legal System, therefore it was not recorded, THIS I can easily see as happening, but then again, when you think of it...towns back then were VERY small in New England, andso if one DID end up being burned at the stake, there's sure to be some sort of account for it, those sorts of things didn't just go by unnoticed back then. Murders weren't nearly as common back then as they are now. Lately I've been trying my damnest to figure out truth about Wicca, now I'm not SURE if this is true or not, which is why I'm posting it here: I'd like opinions/any knowledge you'd be willing to share, any arguments et cetera, because the last thing I'd want to do its believe something huge that never actually happened! Thanks all!
Gin graufstema shaiheth haulumvel lev mne'hmnye grei achlishureth! H'y achzhundai!