THE BURNING TIMES


The hanging of George Burroughs
 

"Witch Hunt"   ---  Making false accusations
against a large number
of people.

 
       The probable number of people executed during the Burning Times was between 200,000 and 500,000.  In the late1940's and early 1950's, several British Witches and occultists started talking about 9,000,000 "witches" killed.   This number appears to have derived not from any research, but rather from an attempt to "one-up" the number of Jews exterminated by the Nazis in WW II.   In order to support this contention, the definition of the Burning Times was changed. First, the period of the major witch hunts was extended from its peak, 1550  - 1675, backwards to the founding of the Inquisition (early 13th century). Second, the figures for judicial executions of heretics, notably the Cathari and the Waldensians, were included in the total.  Finally, all judicial executions which took place during the Catholic "civil  war" (the Avignon  Papacy) were included.  In effect, the definition of "witch" was changed to include "heretic". 

      This definitional change is most interesting, since it parallels the definitional change that took place in the Catholic churches construction of demonic  witchcraft (see, for example, Ginzburg's "Ecstacies"). The "facts" of the situation  where "changed" when the definition of the term "witch" was changed. "Witch"  was defined as "not-orthodox" and, as such, included all heretics and non-Christians.   To me, the  interesting point is that this definition was created not by the Catholic church, but by Gerald Gardner in an attempt to prove that "witches" had suffered more than Jews. 

     Although the list below contains dates even earlier than the 13th century, all victims were tried, convicted, and sentenced to death from Witchcraft persecution, most from the Catholic church.  I compiled this list for research and memorial  purposes, and the hatchet is buried, BUT, Witchcraft persecution carries on to this very day.  With that said:


NEVER FORGET!

THE INQUISITION SALEM
WITCH TRIALS
of 1692
JOAN D'ARC      


KILLING of WITCHES

Some numbers of the unknown:
 

17,000+ killed in Scotland from 1563 to 1603 
70,000 killed in England after 1573 
40,000 executed between 1600-1680 in Great Britain 
22,000 executed in Bamberg, Germany  1610-1840 
30,000 burned by the Inquisition 
300+ killed in South Africa between 1986 and 1996
100+ killed in Indonesia, 1998

The above numbers are approximations.
Of course the list below is far from complete.
Most victims are unfortunately recordless.


 

THE LIST

THIS IS A VERIFIED LIST OF VICTIMS OF 'THE BURNING TIMES'.
ALL LISTED HERE DIED AS A RESULT OF WITCHCRAFT PERSECTION.
MOST WERE INNOCENT...

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AFRICA AMERICA ENGLAND
FRANCE GERMANY ITALY
MEXICO SCOTLAND OTHERS

 

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