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if you were accused by the court of being a witch in 1628 was it possible to deconvince them?
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mmmmaster
Sep 04, 2009
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yes you can convince them that you are not a witch


christine
Sep 04, 2009
3 convinced
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yes u could defend yourself by casting a spell over them

 
rebirth
Sep 04, 2009
2 convinced
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Actually, there were three ways:

1) Being pregnant.
2) Confessing to being corrupted and apologizing.
3) Blaming somebody else.


 
markboothby
Sep 04, 2009
1 convinced
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the question is if it was possible there have been many cases where they were not charged as guilty, this can not be debated because it is a proven fact.

 
thevenerablerob
Sep 10, 2009
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Typically, witchhunters weren't inclined to listen to reason (especially at salem) and if enough evidence (that seemed more than circumstantial, such as owning a black cat or appearing like a witch, was presented, then it would be impossible.

However, in most cases the evidence was merely circumstantial. Perhaps the woman was strange and odd things seemed to happen to her and it somehow got drawn in that she was a witch. She would have a large chance of reuting these charges as long as she could explain why these things happened or why her behaviour was irregular.

As rebirth stated, pregnancy, blaming another or confessing to be corrupted often saved the person. Another thing that saved the person is if she went to the Holy priest and he dubbed her as 'clean' of demons and witchery. If her associates were highly respected, she would also have a chance if they could prove she didn't use Black cauldron or associate with the bands of those whom actually did attempt to practice witchcraft or contact the Devil.

There were many ways out - if the Judge was easy, he could even be bribed.

This even exludes the witch tests, most of which were unfair, but if you passed, you would be cleared. For example, most people couldn't swim in the 1600s, but if you were dropped in the water and floated calmly to the surface, people believed one was a witch. If one floated tot he surface and thrashed about and kept getting dunked under, only possibly a which. If one didn't coem to the surface at all, somebody would try to rescue the person whom definitely was not a witch. :P

 
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no you cannot convince them you are not a witch


jonjax71
Sep 10, 2009
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Okay by popular demand I have told myself not to point out any more misspellings or lack of syntax/grammar, however inventing words is another issue. There is no such word-deconvince, any more than there is the word iregardless. And yes I know what deconvince implies but it still doesn't make it a word

 
mmmmaster
Sep 04, 2009
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the court in 1628 was verky strict if you were even accused of being a witch male/female then you would be brought to the court forcefully or not and then tried but they would turn the story around on you so you would be proven guilty

 
frankiej4189
Sep 10, 2009
0 convinced
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"SHE's A WITCH!!"-Homer Simpson

 
andre2552
Sep 10, 2009
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Rebuttal to: thevenerablerob Show

I think it would have been pretty impossible. The mass hysteria that surrounded the events superseded people's ability to reason, as thevenerablerob points out, they were just too afraid.

 
denverdannydee
Sep 11, 2009
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I saw the documentery about the witches in Salem and all of those trials and the deck was stacked against the accused so I don't think they had a snowball chance in Tahiti to wiggle out of being accused of bieng a witch, it was a lose lose scenareeo

 
jonjax71
Sep 11, 2009
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One of the reason that witches were though to exist is because in Salem and surrounding areas, there were poverty stricken old women who lived on the periphery and were known to hand out rye bread as payment for services or products. To this day rye seeds and other type of seeds are processed before they enter the market to eliminate the possibility of it causing hallucinations because if they are not they could be allowed to ferment and let them do their things

After receiving rye bread from these old ladies and they would have visions, they would acuse them of casting a spell on them

 


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