February 18, 2011
The 6-part film below is called “The Burning Times”. It explains what went on during the period from 1450 to 1700. That period of time in history is actually referred to as the ‘burning times’. Thousands of witches (either practicing or falsely accused) were burnt to death, tortured, hung, stoned and drowned… all because a few influential people created rumours about what witches believed in.
Rumours slowly started spreading about how witches were eating babies… flew in the night skies… worshipped the devil… destroyed people by casting satanic spells. They were labeled as evil. No one bothered to properly find out what was really true. All that they heard was ‘witches are evil’ and they believed without question.
In 1484, Pope Innocent VIII issued an edict that made those practicing witchcraft a primary target of the Inquisition. The Inquisition fought against heretics, and those practicing witchcraft were committing heresy. So for the next 250 years, thousands of people who stood up for their own beliefs were tortured and murdered.
The highest number of murders occurred in Germany, where one small town lost their entire female population to the flames of “heresy”. And, it wasn’t just women who were accused and murdered – men were too.
Do take a look at this documentary. It’s very interesting…
The Burning Times, Part 1
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The Burning Times, Part 2
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The Burning Times, Part 3
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The Burning Times, Part 4
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The Burning Times, Part 5
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The Burning Times, Part 6
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The below was added in the YouTube comments section of these videos. I thought that it was very well-written and wanted to share it with all of you:
This beautifully crafted film is an in-depth look at the witch-hunts that swept through Europe just a few hundred years ago. False accusations and trials led to massive torture and burnings at the stake, and ultimately to the destruction of an organic way of life. The film advances the theory that widespread violence against women and the neglect of our environment today can be traced back to those times. This is Part Two of a series of three films on women and spirituality, which includes Goddess Remembered and Full Circle.
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