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witchcraft

The Horror of Being the Target of a Witch Hunt in India

In many villages in rural India, the practice of witch-hunting continues today—despite local laws. Several women who were accused of witchcraft in the state of Rajasthan describe how their lives changed after being branded as witches.
Masuma Ahuja
2.9.18
occult
occult

The Hoodwitch Is Changing the Face of Modern Witchcraft

We speak to Bri Luna, the bruja behind the wildly successful Hoodwitch account, about showcasing the diverse history of mysticism.
Linda Yang
2.9.18
witchcraft
witchcraft

The Young Brujas Reclaiming the Power of Their Ancestors

Long stigmatized by colonizers and the Catholic Church, indigenous forms of spirituality and witchcraft are experiencing a renaissance among Latinx millennials.
Eda Yu
1.10.18
occult
occult

The Victorian Occultist Accused of Killing Men With Her Mind

Pioneering feminist and animal rights campaigner Anna Kingsford was one of the 19th century's most remarkable women. Then she was charged with using black magic to murder two vivisectionists.
Dee Cunning
1.2.18
christmas
christmas

Screw Santa Claus and Celebrate Befana, Italy's Kidnapping Christmas Witch

Say "ciao" to the Yuletide legend who rides a broom and brings naughty kids to her cannibal husband for dinner.
Mary McGill
12.22.17
witchcraft
witchcraft

The Strange, Freakish Story of Britain's 'Last Convicted Witch'

Helen Duncan was one of the last people convicted under the archaic Witchcraft Act of 1735. She was also a renowned medium known for spewing ectoplasm out of her nose.
Katie McCabe
12.18.17
Paranormal
Paranormal

Fed Up With Mortal Men, Women Are Having Sex with Ghosts

Two women recently came out about their sexual experiences with ghosts, but they're not the first to claim they've gotten intimate with the paranormal.
Diana Tourjée
12.8.17
On Edge
On Edge

I Visited a Forest-Dwelling Witch to Cure My Crushing Existential Dread

I have been drinking Susun Weed's calming herbal tinctures for months in an attempt to stave off my impending mental breakdown. But I knew it was not enough; I needed to meet the wood witch to receive her blessings directly.
Callie Beusman
12.8.17
motherwort
motherwort

Trying to Escape Our Hellish Reality with Motherwort, a Very Chill Herb

It's hard to ignore the fact that everything is awful. Recently, though, a group of witches told me about an herb that would make me feel like I'm "being embraced by Mother Earth."
Callie Beusman
11.8.17
WITCHES
WITCHES

The Enduring Allure of Baba Yaga, an Ancient Swamp Witch Who Loves to Eat People

Baba Yaga is a fearsome character from Russian folklore who lives in a hut that walks on chicken legs, and either cannibalizes her visitors or offers them help. In recent years, she's become a sort of aspirational figure on the Internet.
Marissa Clifford
11.3.17
witchcraft
witchcraft

What Happened When Romania's Most Powerful Witch Moved to LA

Mihaela Minca is one of the most powerful—and feared—witches in Eastern Europe. This year, she relocated to California to work with some clients. We spoke to her about living out her American dream, which of course included hexing Donald Trump.
Milene Larsson
10.31.17
occult
occult

How the Socialist Feminists of WITCH Use Magic to Fight Capitalism

The first incarnation of WITCH performed their inaugural action—a hex on Wall Street—on Halloween in 1968. Now a new generation of witches is taking up the mantle from the infamous provocateurs.
Gabby Bess
10.2.17