The belief in magic and witchcraft has existed in every recorded human culture; a way to explain the inexplicable, to turn random acts of nature into conscious acts of mortal or supernatural beings, and to allow desperate communities to take revenge against the suspected perpetrators. This podcast attempts to understand the cultural motivations behind these beliefs, as well as the actions taken against witches.
While this might sound like a particularly morbid subject, I aim to present it in an entertaining, but informative, way. Of course, there are cases of genuine tragedy in this history of witchcraft, but with a gap of several hundred years, it’s ok for us to find humour in the image of, for example, an Anglo-Saxon witch attempting to ward off the Norman invasion of England by exposing her buttocks.
…that didn’t work very well, if you were wondering.