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  • Tanya Luhrmann
    Tanya Marie Luhrmann (born 1959) is an American psychological anthropologist known for her studies of modern-day witches, charismatic Christians, and studies of how culture shapes psychotic, dissocia...
  • Find a Grave
    DuWayne "Duce" Leslie Bowen (1946 - 2006)
    Seneca Nation/Beaver Clan Son of Leslie & Marcella Johnson Bowen Seneca Historian, storyteller, speaker and published author of Seneca religion (Longhouse), folklore and history. Trained to be ...
  • Alice J. Blacksnake Dowdy (1907 - 1975)
    Seneca/Snipe Clan Daughter of Peter and (b. 1877) and Dora (Butler) (b. 1879) Thompson. Wife of Harley Blacksnake (1903-1936). Mother of Donald B (1923-1975), Eugene (1925-1926), Rawley (1927-1...
  • Woman of the Onondaga Bone (deceased)
    Onondaga/Heron Clan She was accused of being a witch at Onondaga. She fled her tribe's wrath and ran to where her daughter had married Peter Crouse, Cold Spring, Cattaraugus, NY. People began dying ...
  • Alex Sanders (1926 - 1988)
    Alex Sanders (6 June 1926 – 30 April 1988), born Orrell Alexander Carter, who went under the craft name Verbius, was an English occultist and High Priest in the modern Pagan religion of Wicca, respon...

Witchcraft (also called witchery or spellcraft) is the use of magical faculties, most commonly for religious, divinatory or medicinal purposes. This may take many forms depending on cultural context.

The belief in and the practice of magic has been present since the earliest human cultures and continues to have an important religious and medicinal role in many cultures today.

The concept of witchcraft as harmful is often treated as a cultural ideology providing a scapegoat for human misfortune. This was particularly the case in the early modern period of Europe where witchcraft came to be seen as part of a vast diabolical conspiracy of individuals in league with the Devil undermining Christianity, eventually leading to large-scale witch-hunts, especially in Protestant Europe. Witch hunts continue to this day with tragic consequences.

Since the mid-20th century Witchcraft has become the designation of a branch of modern paganism. It is most notably practiced in the Wiccan and witchcraft traditions, some of whom claim to practice a revival of pre-Abrahamic spirituality.





  • Divination
  • The Occult
  • Satanism
  • Shamanism
  • Spiritualism