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What came to be called witchcraft originally represented a form of shamanism found among many pagan cultures throughout Europe. Witches performed a complex functions as tribal healers, magicians, seers, herbalists and midwives in service to the common folk of these pagan societies.

  • The negative connotations that a lot of people have regarding witches originated during the evangelisation of Europe and the Inquisition.

  • Many pagan practices were demonised by the Church in an effort to eradicate them.