The malleus maleficarum, or hammer of witches

Witchcraft is a term that the Catholic Church implemented to refer to the rituals of pagan religions where its practitioners could communicate with the forces of nature.

The secrets of sorceresses

Centuries later Christianity presented the sorcerer as a being who maintained close relations with the devil and thus begins the bloody persecution that approximately in 1843 began the holy inquisition with the creation of the “Malleus Maleficarum” or the hammer of the Warlocks a series of texts that sought to eliminate all practitioners of these rituals that had nature as their only guide.

According to traditions, the sorcerer was the one who could “obtain by magical means spiritual and material satisfactions”; he was an eccentric character who usually did evil, but also possessed the gift of healing, was loved and appreciated by peasants who were faithful followers of the potions they prepared.

However, since the 10th century, Catholicism has been taught against all those who practiced pre-Christian teachings. In the middle of the year 900, a monk named “Regimon de Prom” denounced witchcraft. In the late 1200s, the “Treaty of the Office of the Inquisition” emerged, responsible for judging the demon worshippers.

An important event occurred in the city of Tolosa in 1535, when a group of 63 individuals, men and women, were charged for the crime of heresy and worship of Satan. Since then, he has been tried for a single crime that brings together all the above: witchcraft.

The so-called “Holy Inquisition” was actually a court of a religious nature whose mission was to persecute, seek and eliminate all suspected witches, the same ones who ended up at the stake, whether innocent or not.

The malleus maleficarum, or hammer of witches
Source: Education  
July 31, 2019

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