(REVISED) UB Kids React to WITCHES IN THE MIDDLE AGES

For centuries, witches have been perceived as evil beings existing only for the detriment of humankind, but there are more to them than their creepy demeanors as represented in popular culture.

For Blogpost 3, my groupmates and I decided to recreate the type of discussions we’ve been doing in class in the form of a Reaction Video. Think of it as a version of John Green’s crash courses, but with spontaneous “pseudo-intellectual” conversations.

Enjoy! (Remember to bump up the quality to 1080p!)

Despite being deemed different from what was perceived as “normal” during the middle ages, it is noteworthy to think that witches were a significant part of their society as mentioned in our video - from their roles as wise women specializing in healing to promoting a sense of belonging to those labelled as “eccentric” in the form of covens. The stigma around witches’ strange practices and beliefs are comparable to our present day’s diverse religious standpoints. In our effort to try to undercover the mystery of witchcraft in the middle ages, though slightly going past the designated timeline, we would like to highlight the importance of witches in their society through empathy and the eradication of stereotypes - understanding that a difference in beliefs does not lessen another group’s worth as human beings.

References and Photo credit:

Header - Silhouette of a witch with her cat and crow flying on a broomstick across a full moon at twilight for Halloween via Shuttershock

1st image - A French witch applies flying ointment by a fire, artist unknown [Public Domain] via Sarah Anne Lawless

The Flying Ointment is said to be provided together with the broomstick by the Devil.

Source: Blécourt, W. D. (2016). The Flying Witch: Its Resonance in the Sixteenth-Century Netherlands. Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, 11(1), 73-93. doi:10.1353/mrw.2016.0010

2nd image - The Osculum Infame illustrated in Francesco Maria Guazzo’s Compendium maleficarum of 1608 [Public Domain] via Wikimedia Commons

3rd image - A witches coven working magic, brewing potions. German sixteenth century woodcut by Hans Baldung Grien - German artist (1480 - 1545). Tinted version. Via Lebrecht Music and Arts Photo Library / Alamy Stock Photo

4th image - A witch riding backwards on a goat, with four putti carrying an alchemist's pot, a thorn apple plant. c.1500 Engraving. Via British Museum

5th image - Heretical Cats: Animal Symbolism in Religious Discourse via Mediavalists.net

6th image - Details of the properties of verbena or vervain, from a 16th-century book about herbs © The Art Archive/Alamy via History Extra

All music used courtesy of Final Cut Pro.

Members: Tricia Jean Vergara, Quraishia Juwanda, Mario Bernardi

 

Teejay Vergara

A short-haired millennial who gets excited too much.