Publications, Lectures and Other Stuff
Every year I read reports of witchcraft persecutions and killings in various parts of the world. The most recent story (below) is from Saudi Arabia, but I have also read of recent attacks on alleged witches in India, Indonesia and several parts of Africa, often leading to the torture or killing of the accused, The most horrific accounts I have seen are from Papua New Guinea. For modern rationalists as ‘children of the Enlightenment’, such beliefs are signs of ignorant superstition, of course, but unlike many other ‘superstitions’, these are beliefs which can have fatal consequences — as they did in Early Modern Europe in the 16-17th century witch craze.
The very popularity of the Harry Potter books and films in the modern world indicates a lack of belief in witchcraft — or at least of traditional conceptions of it.
Some recent news clips:
Papua New Guinea:
An account of modern Western wicca: