Nepalese woman accused of witchcraft burned at the stake2/19/2012
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A look back at our first week.
We asked you if you were shocked that people still believe in witches, and you educated us about what it means to be a witch in the 21st century.
A Real Witch: It doesn't shock me that people still believe in witches. What shocks me is that people still believe witchcraft is EVIL. REAL witches DO exist. I am one. In fact, I am one of several million witches across the world. But witchcraft in of itself is about revering nature, taking responsibility for one's actions, harming none, acting in the highest good of all...spells are nothing more than prayers with a little showmanship.
In a glimpse of superstitious hysteria we don't usually see outside of a middle-school reading of "The Crucible," a Nepalese woman was horrifically burned alive after being accused of using evil magical powers. According to CNN, the mother of two was set on fire by family members after one of her shaman condemners claimed that she had cast a spell on a relative. The reactions on Twitter and Facebook haven't been good -- @IXxFEARLESSxXI can't believe this sort of thing still happens in modern times, tweeting, "Its 2012 c'mon people." We'd take comfort in the fact that these witch hunts don't really happen in the USA, even if former Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell might say differently.
Does it shock you that people still believe in witches?