Another View of the Witch Hunts


  • Max Dashu



Neo-Paganism, Witchcraft, Witch hunts


The history of witch persecution begins with repression by feudal rulers, with a strong patriarchal impetus already visible. It may have very old Indo-European roots.


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How to Cite

Dashu, M. (2020). Another View of the Witch Hunts. Pomegranate, 30–43.