Still today, the majority of Muslims prefer to live by values that can be traced all the way back to the desert tribes in which the founder of their religion lived.
It is impossible to read "Macbeth" without noticing the prominence given to the belief that witches had the power of creating storms and other atmospheric disturbances, and that they delighted in so doing.
The sisters elect to meet in thunder, lightning, or rain. To them "fair is foul, and foul is fair," as they "hover through the fog and filthy air. They can loose and bind the winds,1 cause vessels to be tempest-tossed at sea, and mutilate wrecked bodies.
A few isolated charges of the kind may be found. Infor instance, a witch was burnt who confessed that she had caused all the tempests that had taken place in that year. Scot, too, has a few short sentences upon this subject, but does not give it the slightest prominence.
It is exceedingly curious to notice the utter harmless nature of the charges brought against the earlier culprits; and how, as time went on and the panic increased, they gradually deepened in colour, until no act was too gross, too repulsive, or too ridiculously impossible to be excluded from the indictment.
The following quotations from one of the earliest reported trials are given because they illustrate most forcibly the condition of the poor women who were supposed to be witches, and the real basis of fact upon which the belief in the crime subsequently built itself.
Bessie Dunlop was tried for witchcraft in One of the principal accusations against her was that she held intercourse with a devil who appeared to her in the shape of a neighbour of hers, one Thom Reed, who had recently died.
Then Thom Reed went away fra me in through the yard of Monkcastell, and I thought that he gait in at ane narrower hole of Bin bin by essay of denmark dyke nor anie erdlie man culd have gone throw, and swa I was something fleit.
On the third occasion he asked her "if she would not trow14 in him.
She answered that "if she should be riven at horsis taillis, she suld never do that, but promised to be leal and trew to him in ony thing she could do," whereat he was angry. On the fourth occasion, the poor woman fell further into sin, and accompanied Thom to a fairy meeting.
Thom asked her to join the party; but she said "she saw na proffeit to gang thai kind of gaittis, unless she kend wherefor. And so Thom began to be very crabit with her, and said, "if so she thought, she would get lytill gude of him.
She answered that "when sundrie persons came to her to seek help for their beast, their cow, or ewe, or for any barne that was tane away with ane evill blast of wind, or elf grippit, she gait and speirit15 at Thom what myght help them; and Thom would pull ane herb and gif her out of his awin hand, and bade her scheir16 the same with ony other kind of herbis, and oppin the beistes mouth, and put thame in, and the beist wald mend.
As the trials for witchcraft increase, however, the details grow more and more revolting; and in the year we find a most extraordinary batch of cases -- extraordinary for the monstrosity of the charges contained in them, and also for the fact that this feature, so insisted upon in "Macbeth", the raising of winds and storms, stands out in extremely bold relief.
The explanation of this is as follows. During the voyage an unusually violent storm raged, which scattered the vessels composing the royal escort, and, it would appear, caused the destruction of one of them.
James, who seems to have been as perfectly convinced of the reality of witchcraft as he was of his own infallibility, at once came to the conclusion that the storm had been raised by the aid of evil spirits, for the express purpose of getting rid of so powerful an enemy of the Prince of Darkness as the righteous king.
It is impossible to read these without having parts of the witch-scenes in "Macbeth" ringing in the ears like an echo. She said that if she could have obtained a piece of linen that the king had worn, she could have destroyed his life with this venom; "causing him such extraordinarie paines as if he had beene lying upon sharpe thornes or endis of needles.
This done, there did arise such a tempest in the sea as a greater hath not been seene, which tempest was the cause of the perishing of a vessell coming over from the town of Brunt Ilande to the town of Leith Againe, it is confessed that the said christened cat was the cause that the kinges Majesties shippe at his coming forth of Denmarke had a contrarie wind to the rest of his shippes English witches had the reputation of being able to go upon the water in egg-shells and cockle-shells, but seem never to have detected any peculiar advantages in the sieve.
Not so these Scotch witches. Agnes told the king that she, "with a great many other witches, to the number of two hundreth, all together went to sea, each one in a riddle or cive, and went into the same very substantially, with flaggons of wine, making merrie, and drinking by the way in the same riddles or cives, to the kirke of North Barrick in Lowthian, and that after they landed they tooke hands on the lande and daunced a reill or short daunce.Campus Watch demands academic integrity in North American Middle East studies (MES) programs.
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