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Is witchcraft really on the rise?
25-08-2019, 07:13 PM
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Is witchcraft really on the rise?
A study of magic in Britain since 1800 overstates its case but superstition lives on, says Robert Leigh-Pemberton
The “Swahili witch doctor”, installed in rooms “off the Edgware Road” by the War Ministry to cast spells on members of the Nazi high command, was no more than a fantasy in Evelyn Waugh’s bleakly comic Sword of Honour trilogy. Yet the last prosecution under the 1735 Witchcraft Act did in fact take place in 1944, amid a minor panic that the Scottish medium Helen Duncan had been revealing sensitive military information during seances.
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