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Witchcraft is the use of various types of magical or mystical powers. A practitioner of witchcraft is what we call a witch. In many cultures witchcraft has been linked with Satan and evil. Witchcraft is commonly characterized by its applying of magic, also known as Witchcraft Charms. Witchcraft in essence can be roughly defined as the power of a person in witch a force or matter is used to harm or influence nature through occult means. It has been believed in by most known cultures. Indeed, the fact that belief in witchcraft and magic has largely been rejected in post Enlightenment Europe and North America could be seen as one of the distinguishing features of the cultures of those continents in modern times.
Witchcraft and Christianity
Although the attitude of the Christianity with respect to some magical practices, such as the astrology or the alchemy, was at certain moments ambiguous, the sentence of the witchcraft was explicit and unequivocal from the beginnings of the Christian religion. In the High Average Age several laws condemned the witchcraft, cradles as much in the example of the Roman right like in the will eradicating all those practices related to the paganism. Nevertheless, the ecclesiastical attitude does not seem to have been too belligerent during first half of the Average Age, as they testify documents like Canon Episcopi.
The situation changed when the Church began to persecute the heresies tasted and valdense. Both granted a great importance to the demon, and for these Christian communities this one was customized in the Papal Roman Church, due to its great abuses. The cátaros especially talked about to her like “prostituta”. In order to fight these heresies the pontifical Inquisición in century XIII was created. In the following century they begin to appear in the processes by witchcraft the accusations of pact with the Devil, the first determining element in the modern concept of witchcraft.
Pact with the Devil
A pact with the Devil was attributed to the witchcraft defendant. One thought that when concluding the pact, the Devil marked the body of the sorceress, and who an inspection stopped of the same could allow its identification like witch. By means of the pact, the sorceress was committed to render cultured to the Devil in exchange for the acquisition of some supernatural powers, between which it was the capacity to cause curses of different types, that they could affect so much to the people as to elements of the nature; in numerous occasions, next to these supposed powers one also considered the sorceresses able to fly (in woods, animal, demons or with the help of ointments), and the one to even transform themselves into animal (preferably wolves).
The supposed capacity to also fly is based on some information sent by the inquisitor’s ones to Felipe II after its mission in Galicia. As much Felipe II as their predecessors asked for to Santa Inquisition investigations on the veracity of the popular legend in which to the capacity to fly he talks about. In the first information one affirmed not to have found anything that could confirm popular histories, but the later investigations changed radically and in the following writings the inquisidores ones affirmed to have seen fly to the sorceresses and to leave by the chimneys with his you sweep.