White Magic And Black Magic Essay

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Prior to the age of religious reformation and the Late Middle Ages, witchcraft did not hold such a negative connotation. In fact, it was divided into two – white magic and black magic. White magic was used by healers, wise men and women, as well as others who fit this category. Black magic, on the other hand, were practiced by those who sought to harm others, thus used their abilities for evil. It was this kind of magic that got a person labelled as a witch rather than the titles used for the practitioners of white magic. A witch was someone who used magic to cause harm unto others, including animals. Being a witch was based on the actions that a person did, not what they were. Witchcraft originated largely from Pagan beliefs, and so when the Roman Catholic Church sought to convert people from Paganism, witches, both white magic and black magic practitioners, were branded as devil worshippers. After the late medieval era, a witch became someone who was used by the devil to do what he wanted. However, not all who were connected to the Roman Catholic Church believed witchcraft equaled devil worship. Inquisitors, particularly, believed that witches were just ignorant and superstitious peasants who should be educated rather than executed. Representatives of both genders were liable to be accused of witchcraft. Surviving records from after the year 1500 show that approximately 100,000 to 200,000 people were tried, and 40,000 to 60,000 were executed. 80% of those accused of…

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