Today I write this article with a heart full of sadness. Witchcraft is on trial yet again in the United State and in Papau New Guinea. Recently, I read a news report about the vicious tortures and murders of young people in PNG accused of being witches and sorcerers. One case was of a young girl who was tortured by being lashed while naked then burnt alive at the stake as recently as last week. The young girl was deemed between the ages of 16 and 22. This is not the first case of witchcraft being on trial in Papau New Guinea.
Many women are accused of sorcery because of the widespread of HIV/AIDS related outbreaks. Many of these women are accused of having extramarital affairs when their husbands show signs of disease whether or not it was the husband who cheated and are subject to torture methods and then sentenced to death. The truly barbaric thing is not just what is done to the women but how most of the murderers get acquitted of the crime or not found at all. Many villagers do not come forward with information thus prosecution cannot be met. Other times, rural courts often acquit those made to stand trial. Over 50 people in the past 2 years have been killed because of sorcery and witchcraft allegations.
Witchcraft is also on trial in the United States by the misguided information spread to the world. “The Mentalist” is one of my favorite shows to watch but the episode that aired just a few nights ago left me in quite a huffy mood to say the least. In this episode a young boy was killed, found at his body was a pentacle and other indications of sorcery. During the episode of “The Mentalist” the CBI team investigates Wiccan Priestess Tamzin Dove since all the evidence points towards her. At this point we get a glimpse into this witches world. She tells the CBI that she put a killing spell on the boy but did not harm him and she also puts a spell, while all the CBI stand in her circle, on one of the CBI’s investigating members.
At this point I was already quite upset over the portrayal of Wiccans as it was complete with the gaudy jewelry, silly incantations, “a killing spell” and disdain of the beliefs practiced. I watched anyway as I stated before I like the show but this one left me, a practicing witch, upset to say the least. It was the horrible portrayal of Wicca and Witches in general that got me irritated because it included a bunch of misconceptions. SEE MY ARTICLE ON WITCHCRAFT MISCONCEPTIONS for a full list of them.
I think the worst part of “The Mentalist” was the killing spell the Wiccan priestess put on the young man. The first rule of Wicca and Witchcraft is “HARM YE NONE”. Placing a killing spell on someone is just as good as killing them yourself in the Witches creed.
BBC NEWS ARTICLE
Video Clips of The Mentalist Episode Red Rum