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#116988 - 09/08/18 01:36 PM Malleus Maleficarum
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The Hammer of Witches. Beyond witchcraft, there's an elementary fear which should have not exist. It's the witch that haunts your dreams. Primal meat for the inquisitor. Remember, remorse is part of the game, not part of you!
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#116989 - 09/08/18 06:16 PM Re: Malleus Maleficarum [Re: fiendish]
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As far as I know, fears concerning witchcraft/use of magic arose from the need to preserve mundane power and wealth.

Before the fall of the (western) Roman Empire, sacrifices -- and divinations that made use of them -- were banned. Not because they were forbidden by Christian doctrine, and not because the practitioners weren't Christians. It was a concern about the real possibility of someone having the power to predict the death of the Emperor, or the name of his successor. Since Emperors had a very short life expectancy for reasons unrelated to religious beliefs, practices that had been part of the culture in more stable times became forbidden.

Centuries later, any comment that seemed to maybe predict the death or successor of a monarch was suspected of treason.

And of course the majority of witch trials in the middle of the last millennium were about potential material gain for the accuser. Today we don't call the victims "witches" and the predators "inquisitors". Preying on people to take their money or property is criminal, as you can see from watching the ID cable channel.
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#117007 - 09/17/18 06:13 PM Re: Malleus Maleficarum [Re: Kori Houghton]
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Sacrifice and witchcraft. Irrelevant. Witch hunts are always targeted to anti-regime individuals who exhibit a particularly acute reaction to the facts due to experience. The "prediction" is usually something that everybody can see. but few have the guts to say. This preserves the myth of the witches, but in fact preserves the power itself.
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#117035 - 09/24/18 09:34 AM Re: Malleus Maleficarum [Re: fiendish]
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The hammer looks for nails. Such handbooks require no introduction. Their successes are self-evident. Body count not withstanding. To date, its still used as a reference for cultural nuances. Fear motivates action. There can be no authority on such matters until it is granted.

/Rinse & Repeat
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#117049 - 09/25/18 04:47 PM Re: Malleus Maleficarum [Re: SIN3]
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Just look into the myth. Does the hammer have to smash every resistance? Or does it have to smash through the walls of authority? You are wrong, fear does not motivate action. Fear just preserves authority. What I'm saying is that, in a way, witchcraft may should have been a kind of resistance to authority.
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