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WITCH HUNTS 15th thru 17 Centuries AD: 500,000 people burned to death, and the Church never apologized
Quotes from the book "Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches" 1975 pg 207- by famous Anthropologist Marvin Harris, on the reading list for those who take Anthropology, required for law & gvmt majors etc, ask in the courthouse, police, government buildings (non clerical), have they read "Pigs Cows Wars and Witches" by Marvin Harris? CLICK HERE search .edu

And I Quote.....
"Five hundred Thousand people were convicted of witchcraft and burned to death in Europe between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries Their crimes: a pact with the Devil; journeys through the air over vast distances mounted on broomsticks; unlawful assembly at sabats; worship of the Devil; kissing the Devil under the tail; copulation with incubi, male devils equipped with ice-cold penises; copulation with succubi, female devils. Other mundane charges were often added: killing the neighbors's cow; causing hailstorms; ruining the crops; stealing and eating babies. But many a witch was executed for no crime other than flying through the air to attend a sabbat" (the most common accusation in those times).


{New articles downplay it to only 40,000 to 100,000, but they were downplaying it back when the book was written, there is quite a bit of evidence to 500,000 (the diminished 40k to 100k may represent pressures from The Church)}

Burning Man

TORTURE: Confessions were obtained thru Torture using (pg 211) "the strappado (hands tied behind back, and hoisted by the wrists), the rack, the thumbscrew, the witch hunters used chairs with sharp points, heated from below, shoes with pricks, bands with needles, red-hot irons, red-hot pincers, starvation, and sleeplessness". comment: Man has not evolved much in the past 20,000 years, in fact the average IQ has gone down in the past 20,000 years. The fastest way to evolve is mutation, and 500 years is not going to do it. We are still dealing with the same kinds of people today. The same mentality, the same flaws, same imperfections, same attitudes of "screw it" and "my advantage". These kinds of people still exist today and run Congress and the USA

ONE (of many) RECORDED CASE(s)
The author tells about one Else Gwinner who was brought before examiners Oct 31, 1601, but denied being a witch, was given "the strappado", but she still would not confess and was tortured till she passed out.

She was removed from prison and tortured again Nov 7 (3 times "the strappado", each time with more weights added), and the third hoist she confessed that she had enjoyed "the love of a demon". The examiners were dissatisfied and wanted to know more, and hoisted her again with the heaviest weights, after which she said her confession was forced upon her.

Meanwhile her daughter was arrested and beaten till she admitted that she and her mother caused crop failures to raise bread prices.

The mother was taken to another prison and worked over with thumb screws (Dec 11) after denying previous confessions, she passed out, had cold water splashed on her, was tortured again, and eventually confessed to "2 flights" to sabbats. the examiners wanted to know who she had seen at the sabbats. She named 2 women, but on Dec 13, she revoked her confessions.

Dec 15th the examiners told her "they would continue torture without mercy or compassion until she should tell the truth" (pg 210).

WITNESS: Quote from a witness of witch torture wrote....
"I have seen the limbs forced asunder, the eyes driven out of the head, the feet torn from the legs, the sinews twisted from the joins, the shoulder blades wrung from their places, the deep veins swollen, the superficial veins driven in, the victim hoisted aloft and now dropped, now revolved around, head undermost and feet uppermost.

I have seen the executioner flog with the scourge, and smite with rods, and crush with screws, and load down with weights, and sticks with needles, and bind around with cords, and burn with brimstone, and baste with oil and singe with torches. In short, I can bear witness I can describe, I can deplore how the human body is violated".

Then from pg 212 "Examiners were never satisfied until the confessed witches named additional suspects, who were routinely indicted and tortured themselves.

(pg 213) "Even in Europe, it was only after 1480 that torture was used this way. Before 1000 A.D. no one was executed if a neighbor allegedly saw them with the Devil..... ....In fact the Catholic Church originally insisted that there were no such things as witches flying through the air.

In the year 1000 A.D. it was forbidden to believe that such flights really took place; later after 1480, it was forbidden to believe that they did not take place.

In 1000 A.D. the Church officially maintained that the ride of the witches was an illusion produced by the Devil. Five hundred years later, the Church officially maintained that those who claimed that the ride was merely an illusion were themselves in league with the Devil".

Confessed Witches who cooperated, were sometimes strangled before being burned (to reduce their suffering).

500,000 people were Burned Alive, for crimes committed in other peoples dreams.

From another source (not Marvin Harris)

More on the Else Gwinner case:

Admission of Error by the Roman Church

It must have seemed to believers that all of Christendom was afflicted with the terrible curse of witchcraft. Women, under torture, were confessing, among other things to having sex with the devil, to have bore him monstrous children which they fed on flesh of babies and to have given their soul to the devil. However, it never occured to the pious inquisitors that it is precisely their method of torture was responsible for creating those confessions. The victims eager to relief themselves of the unbearable pain simply confessed to anything the inquisitors wanted them to! [12]

Then something very strange happened. In 1657 the Congregation of the Holy Office announced that, for a very long time, not a single case of the witch-hunt trials had been conducted properly. In other words, it had admitted that the millions of people who had died under the witch-hunts were innocent! Yet, not a single word of apology came from the Roman Church.

CHRISTIAN WITCH HUNTS in KENYA various years BBC Story and video links

google > witch hunts kenya bbc
= many videos on the subject....
Kenyan elders killed in witch-hunt - 26 Dec 09
pre-cued you can stop then right click on a youtube video to pre-cue the url
and its an old tradition in the USA too
They get you drunk, then they escort you away, perhaps a place to sleep it off, or get you to go into the Wicker man then set you on fire, in Africa, and Wicker man

Often in association with Laurel Trees and Laurel Groves. Laurel branches are used for beating and burning; in Africa, and the USA and ???? If you know of any of these people, I would turn them in, to the local police, the state, and the FBI for sure.

This does not cover North America (afraid to say), nor Wicker Man Euro style events

More at Wikipedia:

These same behavioral patterns, are prevalent in society today, such as politicians being force to resign due to having sex, or corporate who people resign due to having sex, or people harassed for smoking marijuana; but far worse is the torture of animals within the process of the Meat Industry, which is backed up by The Church which does not allow vegetarianism. The Church has long been a Gay Clergy and a Low Libido Congregation (35% of women have low libido; 8% men were born gay, another 8% choose to be, and another 8% not born that way were gay previously). So Gays are outnumbered and have used the power of The Church, backed by the Low Libido Congregation, trying to force No Sex on the populous. But "Sex is Good" -Dr Ruth Westheimer. I took a class in Human Sexuality, and Sex is Good, for those who want it, consenting adults; and The Church, Clergy and Congregation, need to realize and accept the rights of those Straight people With Libido's, as much as Straight people With Libidos need to accept the rights of Gays, and Low Libido people (25% of the population: 16% men, 35% women are low libido). We don't need to Disgrace people for having sex (consenting adults), we don't need to demote them, jail them, cast them out, because sex is good. And all these people get hyped up about it, it's on the News, and society spends too much time condemning others, while those who do the condemning are participating with the Meat Industry in torture and cruelty; WE HAVE TO GET OUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT. What are the Real Sins? What we do to animals is hell on earth. You are just another animal. Your just another kind of ape, the hairless ape with a larger head; our ancestors lost their body hair swimming (where river water meets sea water), you are an Aquatic Ape, and some people in the world think it's OK to eat Ape, I don't think so, I don't think we have the right to go around torturing animals due to the fact that we have vocal capabilities that other animals don't and a larger head, whales have larger brains, elephants have larger brains, dolphins have large brain to body ratio around the same as ours, but dolphins grow to 30 feet, anyway you look at it, they are smarter, does that mean they get to torture humans because they are smarter? They don't think so The human intestine shows that we evolved as a vegetarian (primarily), our nearest relatives the Chimpanzee eat around 2% rodent and the rest is non-animal diet , and we shared evolution with them, we evolved in the same neighborhood, we share the same body language with Great Apes. You are a Great Ape, and Wikipedia backs it all up, see my Great Ape page with wikipedia links
Famous author Desmond Morris, as well as my ANTHROPOLOGY PROFESSOR (Mike Merrifield, last known contact at Saddleback College, currently???) say that the human brain has not evolved much since the building of the Sphinx (10,500 B.C. i.e.. the official beginning of civilization). Mankind was actually smarter (higher IQ) back then, than we are today. (I asked my professor, "if we are not getting smarter with every generation, then why did we go from horse and buggy in the late 1800's to Man on the Moon in the 1960's? Professor Mike Merrifield replied "greater population density, leading to greater communications". So that is what I am doing here in the Internet, communicating, so that this type of thing does not happen over again (of course, who knows what they are doing with accused prisoners of war?).

But think of the MENTALITY behind this kind of Witch Torturing, Witch Burning logic. People with the same level of IQ back then, as we are today. Of course (except in war, which is illegal, but what the hell do they care?) we don't allow torture these days (thanks to greater population density, leading to greater communications), but other than that, we are of the same basic, physical MIND that they were. Perhaps they could have used more Vitamins (especially B vitamins which help the minds coherency), and Healthier Foods.


Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind."
- Albert Einstein Letter to 'Vegetarian Watch-Tower', 27 December 1930

"Nothing will benefit human health, and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth, as much as the evolution to a Vegetarian Diet" -ALBERT EINSTEIN "Bite-Size Einstein" pg 10 by Mayer & Holms QC16.E5A25

"Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages." -Thomas Edison (inventor)

"For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love." -Pythagoras, mathematician

"The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men."
-Leonardo da Vinci, artist and scientist

"As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields." - Leo Tolstoy author
The Humane Society of the United States ( had a detailed page on Case Studies of Serial Killers and their previous history of animal torture (photos, names, case studies). Admittedly, it was too much for me. That page ( has been removed, and a newer milder verification of the facts is now at which now reads as follows.....
Is there any evidence of a connection between animal cruelty and human violence?
Absolutely. Many studies in psychology, sociology, and criminology during the last 25 years have demonstrated that violent offenders frequently have childhood and adolescent histories of serious and repeated animal cruelty. The FBI has recognized the connection since the 1970s, when its analysis of the lives of serial killers suggested that most had killed or tortured animals as children. Other research has shown consistent patterns of animal cruelty among perpetrators of more common forms of violence, including child abuse, spouse abuse, and elder abuse. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association considers animal cruelty one of the diagnostic criteria of conduct disorder.


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