Monday, October 30, 2006

Remember...

This has gone around the 'net for years, apparently, but I only saw it this year. It's definitely something to think about. I didn't want to include it with the politically incorrect fun I had below, but I want to post this in my blogs so other people can have something to think about. It puts those decorations in a whole new light. I think it's important for Samhain, the night when we remember our ancestors and leave bad old things behind.

Never, ever again the Burning Times.

THE HALLOWEEN WITCH

Each year they parade her about, the traditional Halloween Witch. Misshapen green face, stringy scraps of hair, a toothless mouth beneath her deformed nose. Gnarled knobby fingers twisted into a claw protracting from a bent and twisted torso that lurches about on wobbly legs. Most think this abject image to be the creation of a prejudiced mind or merely a Halloween caricature. I disagree, I believe this to be how Witches were really seen.

Consider that most Witches were women, were abducted in the night, and smuggled into dungeons or prisons under the secrecy of darkness to be presented by light of day as a confessed Witch. Few if any saw a frightened normal looking woman being dragged into a secret room filled with instruments of torture, to be questioned until she confessed to anything suggested to her and to give names or what ever would stop the questions.

Crowds saw the aberration denounced to the world as a self-proclaimed Witch. As the Witch was paraded through town en route to be burned, hanged, drowned, stoned or disposed of in various other forms of Christian love all created to free and save her soul from her depraved body, the jeering crowds viewed the results of hours of torture. The face bruised and broken by countless blows bore a hue of sickly green. The once warm and loving smile gone replaced by a grimace of broken teeth and torn gums that leers beneath a battered disfigured nose. The disheveled hair conceals bleeding gaps of torn scalp from whence cruel hands had torn away the lovely tresses. Broken twisted hands clutched the wagon for support, fractured fingers with nails torn away locked like groping claws to steady her broken body. All semblance of humanity gone this was truly a demon, a bride of Satan, a Witch.

I revere this Halloween Crone and hold her sacred above all. I honor her courage and listen to her warnings of the dark side of man. Each year I shed tears of respect when the mundane exhibit their symbol of Christian love.

.... author unknown

5 comments:

cats said...

for all those who suffer intolerance and prejudice...

i've not seen that before. thanks for it tonight.

Jaded&Opinionated said...

That brought tears to my eyes this morning.

The things humanity doesn't do in the name of religion. I'll never,ever understand it.

Kelley Bell said...

Thank you for posting this. It has been on my mind.

I am thinking about writing a book or paper titled "The First Holocaust," telling this story and comparing it to the Nazi era.

The difference of course, is Hitler did not get away with it and his party was ousted from power.

In the first holocaust, the church DID get away with it, and are still in power today.

Where are the memorials to these women? Where is the outrage against the percecution?

And why is that that here in America, Satanism is recognized as a religion by the Military, but Wicca is not?

(Wiccan soldiers can not get a military wiccan funeral or have a wiccan symbol placed on their graves.)

SassyFemme said...

Oh my... I never thought of that way. Thank you for posting that.

BostonPobble said...

MUAH ~ and a BIG hug to go along with it. Thanks.