Real Life Witches: The True History of Witches

In anthropological terminology, real-life witches differ from sorcerers in that they don’t use physical tools or actions to curse; their maleficium (real witch spells) is perceived as extending from some intangible inner quality, and one may be unaware of being a witch, or may have been convinced of his/her nature by the suggestion of others.

In the history of witches and their religion, the witchcraft label has been applied to practices people believe influence the mind, body, or property of others against their will, or practices that the person doing the labeling believes undermine social or religious order.

There has also existed in popular belief the concept of white witches and white witchcraft, which is strictly benevolent. Many modern witches strongly identify with this concept, and profess ethical codes that prevent them from performing magic on a person without their request.

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