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Were there witch-hunts or witch-trials in China or Japan?

Witch trials in medieval and early modern Europe / America are well documented, well known. I am curious if similar existed outside of Christian countries, especially in China and Japan. Both China ...
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Is there proof that John Proctor owned a tavern?

In the Crucible by Arthur Miller, he describes John Proctor as being in his thirties and an affluent landowner. In every website portraying him though, it says Proctor was in his 60s at the time of ...
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What did the top minds of the late 17th century have to say about Salem witch trials?

I think of Newton, Hooke, Leibniz, Wren, Locke -- assuming they knew hard to believe they would not have thought it crazy but I have read nothing about Newton, et al saying anything.
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What were the most important causes of the 1692 Salem Witchcraft Trials?

Basically what the title says: what were the most important causes of the 1692 Salem Witchcraft Trials? We are having a discussion over this topic in one of my history courses, and a classmate ...
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What was the church's attitude to "magic" prior to the 15th century?

According to Google the earliest witch trials were in the 15th century. Belief in magic, however, is obviously much older. What was the church's attitude to supposed witches prior to the 15th century?...
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Why were women targeted as witches?

I think that a few men, but many more women were convicted of using magic in Europe mostly during the years in between 1400 and 1800 and I think it became much more prevalent after the Protestant ...
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What type of people were most likely to be suspected of witchcraft in Salem?

One of the theories out there for the cause of the Witch Trial is that economic jealousy motivates the poor to accuse the rich. This seems very contradictory to what is said in books on The Witch ...
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