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Witchcraft is defined as the practice of what the practitioner (“witch”) believes to be supernatural talents and skills, such as casting spells and performing magical rites. Witchcraft is a wide phrase with many cultural and socioeconomic variations, making it difficult to describe precisely.

The use of supernatural means to cause harm to the innocent has long been the most common meaning among non-practitioners; this is still the case in most traditional cultures around the world, particularly in Indigenous cultures of Africa and the African diaspora, Asia, Latin America, and Indigenous Nations in the Americas.

Witches are seen as individuals who challenge the holy in the Philippines, as they are in many of these civilizations. Anthropologists writing about healers in Indigenous Philippine folk religions, on the other hand, either employ indigenous language or generic anthropological words like shaman.

Witchcraft belief is common in countries and organizations that have a magical worldview as part of their cultural framework.

Some people now use the term witchcraft to describe benign, beneficial, or neutral metaphysical activities like divination, meditation, or self-help techniques prevalent in the current Pagan and New Age groups. This reversal of nomenclature, on the other hand, is predominantly a modern, Western, and pop culture phenomena, particularly prominent among Western youth and supporters of modern Pagan traditions such as Wicca.

Throughout recorded history, the notion of witchcraft and belief in its presence has survived. They have been present or central in many civilizations and religions across the world at various times and in many different forms, including both primitive and advanced societies, and they continue to play a major role in many cultures today.

The prevalent idea of witchcraft in the Western culture stems from Old Testament rules against witchcraft, and it achieved widespread acceptance when belief in witches was approved by the Church in the Early Modern Period. It is a theosophical fight between good and evil, with witchcraft being connected with the Devil and Devil worship in general.


This resulted in killings, torture, and scapegoating (placing blame for misfortune), as well as many years of large-scale witch trials and witch hunts, particularly in Protestant Europe, until mostly disappearing during the European Enlightenment. In today’s world, Christian beliefs range from fervent belief and hostility (particularly among Christian fundamentalists) to non-belief and even acceptance in certain churches.

Witchcraft ” also referred to as contemporary witchcraft to separate it from previous beliefs ” received the term of a branch of modern Paganism in the mid-twentieth century. It is mostly performed in the Wiccan and modern witchcraft traditions, and it is no longer done in secret.

The dominant Christian concept of witchcraft in the West is far from the sole social viewpoint on the subject. Many nations across the world still retain widespread practices and cultural ideas that are roughly translated into English as “witchcraft,” despite the fact that the English word hides a vast range of forms, magical beliefs, practices, and social roles.

Many civilizations throughout the world were introduced to the contemporary Western world through colonialism during the Age of Colonialism, which was frequently accompanied and often preceded by active Christian missionary activity (see “Christianization”).

Many civilizations throughout the world were introduced to the contemporary Western world through colonialism during the Age of Colonialism, which was frequently accompanied and often preceded by active Christian missionary activity (see “Christianization”).  The prevalent Western ideals of the period affected beliefs linked to witchcraft and magic in various societies. In the present period, witch-hunts, scapegoating, and the murdering or shunning of accused witches are still commonplace.

Suspicion of modern medicine exists to this day in many nations due to ideas that sickness is caused by witchcraft, with major healthcare repercussions. HIV/AIDS and the Ebola virus illness are two instances of often-fatal infectious disease outbreaks whose medical treatment and control have been impeded by localized witchcraft beliefs.

Tuberculosis, leprosy, epilepsy, and the prevalent severe bacterial Buruli ulcer are among the other serious medical disorders whose therapy is impeded in this way.

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