The history of witchcraft is an interdisciplinary field that encompasses a range of anthropology, history, theology, and folklore. Its aim is to comprehend the beliefs, practices, and cultural contexts associated with witchcraft. Over the course of history, witchcraft has held a prominent presence in
Are You a Witch? Witchcraft and the 11 Signs
Witchcraft can be defined as the art of channeling the energy in nature. Despite being associated with Wicca, witchcraft is not a religion. Modern commentators argue that due to witches having married humans in the past, anyone may have some potential for witchcraft talent.
Walpurgis Night in European Folklore: History and Traditions
Walpurgis Night, also known as Witches’ Night, is a traditional European festival. Its association with witchcraft dates back to medieval times when it was believed that witches gathered on this night to hold their sabbath. When viewed through a scholarly lens, Walpurgis Night offers
Czermna’s Skull Chapel: The Fascinating Exhibit of 3000 Skulls and Countless Bones
Located in the picturesque village of Czermna in southwestern Poland, the Skull Chapel is an eerie yet fascinating place that attracts curious visitors from all over the world. When you step inside this small chapel, you will find yourself among the bones of thousands
Symbolic Meanings of Green with Examples from Mythology
“A newly sprouted tree, a sparkling emerald, an attractive spring landscape, a vast forest… The vital energy of green is everywhere.” When it comes to green, people immediately think of nature elements such as grass, moss, trees, leaves and forests. However, there are many
With the Third Deadly Earthquake in Turkey, the Death Toll Rose to 42310, the 700-Year-Old Church was Demolished
On Monday, February 20, 2023, at 08:04 pm local time, six people died and many buildings were destroyed in the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that occurred in the Defne district of Hatay. Turkey experienced one of the greatest tragedies in its history due to the earthquakes
Hungarian Busójárás Festivities Heralding the End of Winter and Interesting Busó Costumes
“One day, while walking on the streets of Hungary, if you see people wearing sheepskin and wooden masks, it means that spring is approaching.” With the approach of spring, many countries in Europe hold carnivals that symbolize the expulsion of the evil spirits left
Cemetery Trees: Why do People Plant Trees in Cemeteries?
Although today’s cemeteries are mostly filled with ornamental plants and decorative trees, you may have noticed that some species such as pine, cypress and yew are more common. So, what are these tree species that have spiritual and folkloric meanings beyond their decorative function?
Odessa, the Port City of Ukraine, is on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger
The historical center of the city of Odessa, which is the most important port city of Ukraine and also known as the “Pearl of the Black Sea”, has been included in the List of World Heritage in Danger by UNESCO. The announcement was made
Imbolc in Mythology, Paganism, and Wicca: Origins, Customs and Traditions
Imbolc is a pagan festival that signifies that nature is awakening from its hibernation and that spring is approaching. Despite its Celtic origin, it is celebrated by many people in different countries today. It is often associated with concepts such as purity, renewal, hope,