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As religion reformed and changed, so did people’s perspective on the world. If they couldn’t trust the priests, who could they trust? When this new absence of trust was joint with the orthodox belief in witchcraft and magic, the result was mass hysteria in Europe. During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the delirium now known as witch-hunting began affecting the lives of thousands of Europeans. Some began to look upon people they feared or did not understand as possible witches and even questioned their own faith. This also presented an opportunity for people to act out against those they disliked for other reasons, under the blanket of ‘hunting’ for witches. This practice eventually swallowed European society as a whole and dominated a good part of civilian life. One of the main reasons people were so concerned about witches was their desperate need to blame someone or something for the decline of faith in Christianity.
As the church was facing an uprising, faith was very important to Europeans. People managed to gain followers and believers in witches mainly with their claim that these witches were rejecting Jesus Christ~ one of the few parts of Christianity people agreed on at the time. As time went on, the claims of what these witches did became more and more farfetched. Eventually, not only were they rejecting Christ, they were thought to be worshiping Satan and mocking the holy sacraments. As this image of witches was painted into Europeans’ heads, they became overcome with paranoia over this new found explanation to their recent struggles.
People faced the possibility of accusation of witchcraft much more heavily as a woman, with eighty percent of the people convicted being women. These women were usually single,...

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