Brief history of European and American Christian-based folklore of witchcraft and magic use throughout the world. This is not an actual history of Wicca or pagan religions. Dr. Wayland Hand, Professor of German and Folklore at UCLA, is interviewed by Colin Edwards. Hand discusses the perception of theologians of who witches are, how they become witches, and what they do to people. Hand explains the popular assumption that reclusive, unattractive, physically handicapped, or women with any kind of idiosyncrasies are witches. Also discussed are the devil, vampires, werewolves, and the need for fantasy and scapegoats in society. In the conclusion of their discussion, they note that all of the notions they have discussed are from non-witches. Produced by Colin D. Edwards. Rebroadcast many times, including: KPFA, 11 Aug. 1971. Restricted distribution rights.
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