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Archive: October 2023 (19 Posts)

An image of the title page of De la demonomania des sorciers (Paris, 1587).

Witch Trials and the Haunting of Jean Bodin

Posted by: Nathan Dorn

Last Halloween, a post on this blog introduced the subject of witch trials in France from the 15th through the 18th centuries. In this post, I would like to take a look at one of the most important French works on the crime of witchcraft and its prosecution, a book that gave considerable encouragement to …

Descansos: Roadside Memorials

Posted by: Jennifer Davis

In late October and early November, people of Hispanic heritage remember their lost loved ones with ofrendas, colorful memorials to the dead that are decorated with sugar skulls, marigolds, papel picado, candles, favorite foods of the lost ones, and more. This time tends to be a celebration more than a mourning; when building an ofrenda …