Friday, July 07, 2006

Mi.sog.y.ny, Religion And The Witch Hunts~Part II


The Witch Hunts~
The classic evocation of the deranged misogyny 0f the Witch hunts is the Malleus Maleficarum (The Hammer of Witches) became the guidebook for prosecuting witches in Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It too emphasized the sexual nature of witchcraft. This work by Pope Innocent VIII, published by Catholic inquisition authorities told stories of men losing their genitalia and consulting with female witches for treatment. It also explained why women were more likely to become witches.
"Because the female sex is more concerned with things of the
flesh than men; because being formed from a man's rib, they are only 'imperfect
animals' and 'crooked' whereas man belongs to a privileged sex from whose midst
Christ emerged."12
"All wickedness," write the authors, "is but little to
the wickedness of a woman. ... What else is woman but a foe to friendship, an
inescapable punishment, a necessary evil, a natural temptation, a desirable
calamity, domestic danger, a delectable detriment, an evil nature, painted with
fair colours. ... Women are by nature instruments of Satan -- they are by nature
carnal, a structural defect rooted in the original creation." (Quoted in Katz,
The Holocaust in Historical Context, Vol. I, pp. 438-39.)

The Malleus Maleficarum ("The Hammer of Witches" or the "Hexenhammer") is considered by many to be the classic Roman Catholic text on witchcraft, First published in 1487, the book is notorious for its use in the witch-hunt craze of the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries.

I Ask you "Have the Witch Hunts really ended?"

3 Comments:

Blogger Phemisaurus Terribilis said...

1487? You must have got the dates wrong. Only yesterday I saw an article in this countries best selling paper (I think it was on the third page) - saying that women are carnal and nothing but. They even had a picture to prove it so.

By the way, anything Phemi says or photographs is now also protected by the 1st Sparkle*mendment (link added to bottom of blog) - with your kind permission, as long as it's given.

Preherstoric Greetings,

PT

10:09 am  
Blogger sparkleMatrix said...

That's because the witch hunts haven't ended yet *rolls eyes* they're just hotting up again, after the Victorian oppression of women.

I'm very pleased that you have found the 1st Sparkle*mendment usefull, in protecting your free speech. It's great having our very own Sparkle*mendment isn't it? it's very liberating.

Yes you have my kind permission Phemi :-}

Sparkle* greetings

2:18 pm  
Blogger Phemisaurus Terribilis said...

I wanted to leave you the code, but blogger won't allow that kinda html in the comments, pfft.

Drop me an e-mail phemisaurus@hotmail.co.uk and I'll send you the code for the banner and give you some tips on how to do links.

4:12 pm  

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