Curses As Revenge?
“We never pray against a soul – but if we’ve aught against folk
then we ourselves take vengeance!”
(Picture: Gerard van Honhorst)
The Witch Test #9
For the ninth test, they’ll prick you with a bodkin or a knife!
If you feel no pain when poked –
or if you fail to bleed –
or if that spot’s cold to the touch –
they’ll claim that’s proof of witchcraft!
Witch Test #8
If you are suspected of being a wise woman or cunning man, they may try WITCH WATCHING:
The townsfolk will keep you awake
and watch for familiar spirits.
If a demon appears in animal form –
then you are in league with Satan!
The Witch Test #7
The seventh test they’ll try is PRICKING THE WITCH!
If you’ve a birth mark, flea bite, spot, or scab – they’ll say it’s where the devil suckles.
It’s the sign of a pact made with Satan.
If they prick it, you’ll feel no pain and neither will you bleed!
The Witch Test #6
The sixth test is the LAYING ON OF HANDS.
If you touch someone throwing a fit –
and they suddenly stop –
they’ll claim you are the cause of their affliction!
The Witch Test #5
The PRAYER challenge is the hardest.
If you can’t recite the Lord’s Prayer correctly –
without any error or stumbling –
then you must be a witch!
Witch Test #4
Do you send out a ghost in SPECTRAL FORM?
If a familiar spirit –
or spectral self –
or apparition from you is seen by the villagers . . .
then you are a witch!