Tuesday, February 3, 2015

"What Clusterf*^k F*^kery,"

Salem witch trials

she said as she thrashed in the raging river into which she'd been thrown. No higher power came to her aid. Guilty as drowned.


  1. Agreed.

    Hope Henry is feeling better.

  2. Swim away from there. Sending love. Maybe a lifeboat.

  3. I've been thinking of you all day after listening to the news. You've got some unlikely bedfellows today. Still, madness reigns. Yes, please let's make a plan to see each other when next I come to Oakland. I would love that even though I can be shy.

  4. Anonymous: Here's what was called "trial by water," an ancient practice that evidently predated the Salem witch trial by water (the sink/float outcome that you described):

    "Witch swimming derived from the “trial by water,” an ancient practice where suspected criminals and sorcerers were thrown into rushing rivers to allow a higher power to decide their fate. This custom was banned in many European counties in the Middle Ages, only to reemerge in the 17th century as a witch experiment, and it persisted in some locales well into the 18th century. For example, in 1710, the swimming test was used as evidence against a Hungarian woman named Dorko Boda, who was later beaten and burned at the stake as a witch."

    Thanks for helping me to clarify this!



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