Thursday, June 02, 2022

Actual witchhunts

 Today we are very quick to throw the term "witchhunt" out there. I thought I would share a resource for those who want to make sure they are acutally using this term correctly, when they claim to be the victim of a witchhunt.

At Trolldomsarkivet you find the background material for the Norwegian witchcraft processes. Norway was not the most active country when it comes to prosecuting witches in Europe, that dubious honour goes to Germany. We were not the slowest either, that appears to have been Ireland.

The links above are in Norwegian, so if you want to really understand, you have to learn this obscure language, but I am certain there are similar sources in a language you speak and enjoy. I just wanted to remind the world about this fascinating and horrifying moment in history, and how far this is from what modern-day "witchhunts" look like.

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