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Woman Accused Of Witchcraft Burned Alive In Paraguay

AP | Posted 11.05.2014 | World

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — An indigenous woman was burned alive in Paraguay after being accused of witchcraft, a local prosecutor confirmed Wednesday...

11 Witches From Fiction Who Embody What Feminism Really Means

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 10.31.2014 | Books

Of all the spooky beings spotlighted on Halloween, none is more truly badass than the witch. Sure, they may seem a little square in the age of sex...

Hekate: A Goddess for Halloween

Laurie Lovekraft | Posted 10.30.2014 | Religion
Laurie Lovekraft

Let's take a closer look (if we dare) at the inspiration for the cackling Halloween hag, the patroness of witches: Hekate.

Which Witch Is Which? The Blurred Lines Of Halloween Reappropriation

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion

A black cape, a pointed hat and a broom. There is perhaps no Halloween costume more iconic than a witch. But does it cross a cultural sensitivity line...

Stampede to the Exit

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Thanks to a Tar Heel friend who alerted me to issue ads in the North Carolina senate race, I now know that "for six years the policies of Barack Obama and Kay Hagan have dominated Washington." Karl Rove's American Crossroads, you see, is touting Republican Thom Tillis.

Mysterious 'Witch Girl' Found Buried Face Down

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.09.2014 | Science

Archaeologists in northern Italy have unearthed the skeleton of a teenage girl who lived there hundreds of years ago. The skeleton itself is unremarka...

The Real, Shocking History Of Witch Hunts (EXCERPT)

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 09.30.2014 | Books

The word "witches" may cause modern minds to leap to Harry Potter and the fantastical world of Hogwarts, but witches and witchcraft have a real and tr...

Breathtaking Photos Of Witch Doctors And Healers Reveal The Spiritual Diversity Of Bolivia

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.25.2014 | Arts

Artists Thomas Rousset and Raphaël Verona traveled across the Altiplano region of Bolivia for a very specific reason. They wanted to photograph t...

Pat Robertson Blames Witchcraft For Boy's Stomach Pains

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion

Tell most people your son is having extreme stomach pains, and they will tell you to get to a hospital as soon as possible. Pat Robertson on the other...

Modern Witch Explains How Her Beliefs Affect Her Children

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.10.2014 | Religion

What's it like to have a witch for a mother? Tova, a self-identified witch who uses her first name only and created the website The Way Of The Witc...

The Odyssey: In My Own Words (Part 2)

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 08.26.2014 | Books
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

Circe: Sleep with me. I'm a witch-goddess. Odysseus: Yeah. I like your singing voice. Listen-- Circe: I knew it. Odysseus: I haven't said anyt...

A Wiccan Ritual To 'Bring Back Our Girls'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion

A Wiccan group is organizing a ritual to help bring back the Nigerian girls kidnapped in April by militant group Boko Haram. The Nerdy Witches Stud...

LOOK: The Magical World Of Tarot

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion

Someone looking for a tarot reading in Brooklyn, New York would not have to search for too long. The city is rich with tarot readers from many bac...

Saving Witch Children In Nigeria

Tihomir Kukolja | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Tihomir Kukolja

In Nigeria beautiful, innocent children, as young as two years of age, are tortured, abandoned and killed by their own parents, family and community members. Deliverance pastors and prophets have over the years branded thousands of children as witches.

Here's the True Story of Ohio's Last Witch Hunt

Roadtrippers | Posted 05.27.2014 | Weird News
Roadtrippers

In the village of Bethel in Clermont County, there were some families that believed in the power of witchcraft. Two such families are of note, the Evans and Hildebrand clans. The latter believed their eccentric daughters to be possessed by evil spirits. So, various exorcisms were performed... as one does.

A Kettle of Vultures in a Poisonous Mix

Steve Zack | Posted 05.11.2014 | Green
Steve Zack

We don't have the clairvoyance of vultures, but we do need to envision an Africa free of poisons for wildlife and people alike.

My Woman's Intuition: Witchery or Bitchery?

Terry K Carr | Posted 05.04.2014 | Women
Terry K Carr

I see through people pretty good and had considered that a secret known only by my ex-husband and maybe a few old boyfriends. I've learned to cooperate with my sixth sense. I use it as a tool of detection; a human tuning fork, if you will. I have never thought of myself as a conjurer though, as the man's tone suggested.

World Leader Acknowledges Belief In Witchcraft

Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono may be the first Indonesian president to acknowledge publicly he believes in witchcraft. In a recently published memoir...

Halloween and the Bizarre Art of Unexpected Style

Kelly Wearstler | Posted 01.23.2014 | HuffPost Home
Kelly Wearstler

All Hallows Eve is an event ushered in annually at my home with great fanfare, enthusiasm, and a liberal amount of custom wigs... In my book, it is a holiday dedicated to reinvention, bold self-expression, creativity, and wild costuming. A chance to pay homage to my muses or even become them for a day.

Season of the Witch

W. Scott Poole | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
W. Scott Poole

So why do we care so much about the witch at this particular cultural moment? Perhaps its because we seem obsessed with the "mysteries of womanhood."

Most Americans 18-29 Years Old Believe in Demon Possession, Shows Survey

Bruce Wilson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Bruce Wilson

Are Americans becoming less religious? While church affiliation is probably declining, don't expect the atheist revolution anytime soon: Over one half of young Americans now believe in the notion that invisible, non-corporeal entities called "demons" can take control of human beings.

Saudi Women Drivers: Threat to State Religion and Politics

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 12.15.2013 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

For many women who want the driving ban lifted, the issue is a push toward wider reforms, supported by an increasing number of men. However, there are underlying religious and political potholes.

500 Years Of Being Absolutely Obsessed With Witches

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 08.27.2013 | Arts

Before vampires swooped into popular culture and satiated our appetite for sexualized supernatural characters, there was a time when witches, witchcra...

My Mother the Witch

Annie Finch | Posted 10.06.2013 | Women
Annie Finch

What if your mother was a witch? Do you think she would have done things a bit differently from other mothers? Based on my experience, you would be right...

Bewitched Children? A Problem Churches Should Tackle

Katherine Marshall | Posted 08.15.2013 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

It seems ironic that witchcraft is a part of Christian communities. Such abuse of children is one of the most horrific violation of human rights. Human rights are not contrary to the principles of scripture. They are its essence.