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How many women were considered witches and executed in the earlier times?

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  • 1 week ago

    Just remember what almost nobody does remember

    None of these persecutions could have been carried out without the permission and cooperation of secular governments. In only a few small regions, like the Papal States and various Prince-Bishoprics in Germany, were religious and temporal government leaders one and the same. But in all the rest of Western Europe, secular princes ultimately decided whether or not witches were hunted.  

    NO ONE REMEMBERS THIS

  • Ludwig
    Lv 7
    1 week ago

    Estimates of up to 9 million European women were murdered as witches.   

    I personally am prepared to increase this figure to between 15 and 20 million as many people who were not have been ignored in the estimate.  There is no empirical or a priori evidence for this, but it is an historical fact.

  • xyzzy
    Lv 7
    1 week ago

    The classical period of witch-hunts in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America took place in the Early Modern period or about 1450 to 1750, spanning the upheavals of the Reformation and the Thirty Years' War, resulting in an estimated 35,000 to 100,000 executions, with the most recent estimate at 40,000. The last executions of people convicted as witches in Europe took place in the 18th century. In other regions, like Africa and Asia, contemporary witch-hunts have been reported from sub-Saharan Africa and Papua New Guinea, and official legislation against witchcraft is still found in Saudi Arabia and Cameroon today.  For example: It was reported on 21 May 2008 that in Kenya a mob had burnt to death at least 11 people accused of witchcraft.

    In March 2009, Amnesty International reported that up to 1,000 people in the Gambia had been abducted by government-sponsored "witch doctors" on charges of witchcraft, and taken to detention centers where they were forced to drink poisonous concoctions.  A 2010 estimate places the number of women killed as witches in India at between 150 and 200 per year, or a total of 2,500 in the period of 1995 to 2009.

  • 1 week ago

    The scholarly consensus on the total number of executions for witchcraft ranges from 40,000–60,000 (not including unofficial lynchings of accused witches, which went unrecorded but are nevertheless believed to have been somewhat rare in the Early Modern period).

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  • 1 week ago

    Estimates of up to 9 million European women were murdered as witches.   

    There is documentation on some atrocities but most were not written about so it's hard to say.  We do know of two whole villages in Germany that had all the women killed. 

  • 1 week ago

    No idea, but they missed a good opportunity with my ex-wife.

  • Anonymous
    1 week ago

    A lot  of women (and men) who were accused of witchcraft were actually executed for heresy not witchcraft.

  • Tina
    Lv 7
    1 week ago

    Not nearly as many as some people claim, and do not forget that men were also accused and executed.

    Add: the figure of 9 million quoted here is based on guesswork, and is a wild exaggeration.

  • 1 week ago

    Oh, none. None at all. Turns out all those reports of witch persecutions and the like were all hoaxes. It just goes to show, doesn't it?

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