Nice to see this feature I just chanced upon – written by Shruti Shenoy in yell0wblog.wordpress.com
Originally posted on yell0wblog:
Gone are the days when a witch meant a cruel, old woman who wore a pointy hat, pointy shoes, flew around town on a broomstick and brewed poisonous potions and tricked people into drinking them. Over the years, witchcraft has evolved from being a taboo-ed practice to a faith, a healing, a culture, almost a fad. And witches, over the years, have evolved from being that creepy woman who lived in that haunted house, all by herself, to an educated woman who, for all we know, must be the one sitting next to us in the local train, or living in the adjacent apartment. The witch of today uses Facebook and Twitter to spread the word about her faith and attract more and more people to follow it.
But this of course, is the urban Indian witch. The plight of witches in rural India is very sad. Every year, hundreds of women from remote villages, especially in Orissa, Assam, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh are tortured, raped, paraded naked and also, in some cases murdered for practicing witchcraft.
In India, witchcraft dates right back to the Iron Age. The Atharva Veda is a collection of spells and charms that were used to harm the enemy or win the heart of a loved one. But the urban Indian witch seldom follows this traditional form. The urban Indian witch follows the ‘Wiccan’ faith. Wicca is a modern religion based on the reconstruction of an ancient European religion. It is also known as ‘the craft of the wise’. Wicca is about an intense love and worship of the elements of nature. People of all faiths, religions and backgrounds are welcome to study, join and become a part of this faith, say its practitioners.