Monday, August 28, 2006

"The eyes be not only instruments of enchantment, but also the voice and evil tongues of certain persons for there are found in Africk, as Gellius saith, families of men, that, if they chance exceedingly to praise fair trees, pure seeds, goodly children, excellent horses, fair and will-liking cattle, soon after they will wither and pine away and so dye. No cause or hurt known of their withering or death. Thereupon the custome came, that, when any do praise any thing, that we should say, God blesse it or keepe it."
-Richard Lupton, Minor Morals, 1795

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Witch: A term applied to a man in Gesta Romanorum, edited by P. Madden, 1838, page 456 and in Wicliff's New Testament.

Monday, August 21, 2006

"In fertility and generation, woman does not set an example to the earth, but the earth sets an example to woman."
-Plato, Menexenus

Friday, August 18, 2006

"The basic Celtic goddess type was at once mother, warrior, hag, virgin, conveyor of fertility, of strong sexual appetite which led her to seek mates amongst mankind equally with the gods, giver of prosperity to the land, protectress of the flocks and herds. More static and more archaic than the gods, she remained tied to the land for which she was responsible and whose most striking natural features seemed to her worshippers to be manifestations of her power and personality."
-Dr. Anne Ross, Pagan Celtic Britain: Studies in Iconography and Tradition

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

"She was arrested in the morning, and by 2pm, she was tortured: she was exorcised, shaved, searched - and raped by the torturer's assistant - and further tortured. To silence her cries, Judge Buirmann himself stuffed a dirty handkerchief into her mouth."
-Witch trial transcripts on the treatment of Frau Peller, Germany, 1631 CE

Saturday, August 12, 2006

"Their wives ae to every man the most sacred witness to his bravery. Tradition says that wavering armies have been rallied by women. They believe that the sex has a certain prescience, and they do not despise their counsels or make light of their opinions."
-Tacitus, Germania, speaking of the Celts

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

".. to unleash the winds and storms by their spells, to metamorphose any animal according to their whim, to cure all disease said to be incurable, and finally, to know and predict the future. But .. they reserved their rememdies and predictions exclusively to those who traveled over the sea expressly to consult them."
-Pomponius Mela, Roman historian, speaking of the Gallicians

Sunday, August 06, 2006

"The Thracians dwell amid lofty mountains clothed with forests and capped by snow. Their oracle is situated upon their highest mountain top, and their prophet is a woman."

Thursday, August 03, 2006

"Lobotomized women make good housekeepers. .. it is more socially acceptable to lobotomize women (than men) because creativity, which the operation totally destroys, is, in this society, "an expendable nullity in women"."
-Dr. Peter Breggin, The Return of Lobotomy and Psychosurgery
This paper was read to Congress, and so is part of the Congressional Record, in February 1972.