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p. 11. Fearlocked

  • Malcolm Gaskill

Abstract

‘Fear’ reminds us that witches are monsters haunting our dreams, confirming who we are through what we are not. Witches are living projections of feelings that defy easy rationalization or reconciliation: amity and enmity, compassion and cruelty, self-confidence and fear. They embody emotional ambiguity, subconscious manifestations of complex, often conflicted, relationships. Witches resist simplification, and are as diverse and complicated as the contexts to which they belong: economy, politics, religion, family, community, and mentality. Witchcraft is hard to define because it involves aspects of ourselves as a species, and as individuals, that trouble us. Nevertheless, it offers a glimpse into the intimate spaces and intricate mechanisms of past lives.

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