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What's Witchcraft? 6 Misconceptions About Wiccans

  • Myths about witchcraft

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    This is not a Wiccan.
  • Witches are evil

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    An engraving depicting a scene from the Salem Witch Trials. The central figure in this 1876 illustration of the courtroom is usually identified as Mary Walcott, 17, one of several girls in Salem with a psychological disorder known as mass hysteria, and whose condition was blamed on witchcraft.
  • Wicca is an ancient religion

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    A man praying.
  • Wicca isn't a real religion

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  • Wiccans worship the devil

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  • Wiccans sacrifice animals

    The head of a Tibetan antelope. The animals live between 4 to 5 kilometers (2.5 and 3.1 miles) above sea level in Tibet.
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    CREDIT: USFWS The head of a Tibetan antelope. The animals live between 4 to 5 kilometers (2.5 and 3.1 miles) above sea level in Tibet.
    The head of a Tibetan antelope. The animals live between 4 to 5 kilometers (2.5 and 3.1 miles) above sea level in Tibet.
  • Wiccans have a "dark Bible"

    A copy of the Gutenberg Bible belonging to the Library of Congress.
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    A copy of the Gutenberg Bible belonging to the Library of Congress.

Wiccans are a misunderstood group, they say. Those who consider themselves witches often adhere to Wicca, which was recognized by a 1986 Court of Appeals as a legitimate religion. Even so, several commonly held beliefs about the Wiccan religion are outdated or plain false, say national Wiccan and pagan groups. Here are six misconceptions of witches and Wiccans.

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