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[Past Event] Witches and Witchcraft: From the Old Testament to the Trials of Salem

Course Description:

There has been a profound belief in witchcraft dating back to the Biblical admonition "thou shalt not suffer a with to live." This early fear of witches as agents of Satan persisted in the Western world until the 18th century. At its high point, it incited a century-long panic filled with witch hunts, witch trials and the deaths of as many as 100,000 people, most of them women. The hysteria found its most high-profile expression in the Salem witch trials. This talk will trace Western belief in witchcraft through history, religion and the arts, with a special focus on witchcraft in America.


Tuition: $0.00

Additional Fees: $0.00


Wednesday, Oct. 2 *1:30 - 2:30pm* (1 session*)


Monterey Peninsula College, Lecture Forum 103


Nancy Johnson has taught numerous short courses for MPC's Gentrain program. She was coordinator of the Worldtrain spinoff and has led many travel study trips in Europe and America. Nancy is also a direct descendant of two accused Salem witches as well as many other individuals who were caught up in the persecutions that took place in New England.