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The Legend of Witches

It’s time to learn about the legend of witches! “Mix blood of owl with the herb that’s red… Turn three times, pluck a hair from my head… A leaf of a crocus, an ear of a hog… hocus pocus, you’re a frog!” Well, this isn’t a real witchcraft, but if you are craving a mosquito, please send us an email and we’ll look into the spell reversal.

Which Word is it: Wicce or Witch???

The word “witch” actually comes from the word “wicce”, an olde-english word that means “wise”… and these “wicces” were considered to be good natured people that only used their powers and potions to heal people. They used natural herbs as medicine and they connected to people with energy and their forces cured disease, depression and brought happiness to their communities. It’s not so different from what real herbal doctors practice today… like reiki and botanical medicine.

Witch Done Wrong

Throughout the ages, a bunch of party poopers gave wicces a bad name. If a wicce could use magical energy and natural herbs to do good, sure enough they could use the same forces to do evil. Rumors got out that these wicces could do all these bad things:

  • Make bad weather
  • Change people into toads
  • Make cows sick
  • Poison food
  • Give someone bad luck
  • Curse farmers and their crops
  • Make people ugly

Deal with the Devil

Thus a mythical character evolved out of the wicce, and into a WITCH! Witches were considered to be anti-religious and their story was that they made a deal with the devil. Witches were the devil's secret army of people that made a pact to do evil things on earth and in return the devil gave them magical powers. So obviously anyone anti-religious was considered to be a witch.

Witch-Hunt across the World

Witch-hunts were the big event of the 13th and 14th centuries in countries like France and Switzerland. Tens of thousands of people were hunted for the silliest reasons to suspect them of performing witchcraft. For example, if a husband had a toothache, he would tell everyone that it was his wife’s fault because she was cooking all their food and she must be a witch. However, you and I know it’s probably because he was eating too much Halloween candy.

Which Witchcraft Do You Wish?

So now there are all these stories of witches and their evil magic. Here’s a quick list of some of their ways to do witchcraft:

  • A black cauldron to mix magic potions
  • Verses and rhymes
  • Amulets that possess their curse when worn
  • Gazing into mirrors
  • Voodoo dolls made out of clay
  • Flying on a broomstick at night

Famous Witches

Witches are a great scary character in fairytales so maybe it’s not so bad that all these crazy people from the past made up all the lies about them. Think about it, if their weren’t any such thing as a witch, we would not have had these scary famous witches:

Disney WitchesDisney Witches
Wizard of OzWizard of Oz
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I’d like to commend my opponent for his formidable response. I will begin by defending the arguments I made in favor of a global flood, and will then respond to the arguments my opponent made that deny such a flood ever occurring. My friend was not persuaded by my first piece of evidence, being the separate accounts of a similar flood story from different cultures around the world. He claims that this evidence no more proves the flood to be true than any other myth. He says by my reasoning, the abundance of myths that involve multiple deities should therefore be proof of polytheism, or multiple accounts of dangerous man-killing creatures should suggest that such monsters really exist (or existed.) However, this argument is faulty. My friend is confusing general similarities with specific similarities. To say the stories of the Greek gods are similar to the stories of the Egyptian gods, would only be true in the sense that both collections of stories are polytheistic. When you get down to the finer details of the stories, there is little resemblance to be found. Now consider the condensed story of the flood from East Africa: “Tumbainot, a righteous man, had a wife named Naipande and three sons. [...] When his brother Lengerni died, Tumbainot, according to custom, married the widow Nahaba-logunja, who bore him three more sons. […] The world was heavily populated in those days, but the people were sinful and not mindful of God. […] At this, God resolved to destroy mankind, except Tumbainot found grace in His eyes. God commanded Tumbainot to build an ark of wood and enter it with his two wives, six sons and their wives, and some of animals of every sort. When they were all aboard and provisioned, God caused a great long rain which caused a flood, and all other men and beasts drowned. The ark drifted for a long time, and provisions began to run low. The rain finally stopped, and Tumbainot let loose a dove to ascertain the state of the flood. The dove returned tired, so Tumbainot knew it had found no place to rest. Several days later, he loosed a vulture, but first he attached an arrow to one of its tail feathers so that, if the bird landed, the arrow would hook on something and be lost. The vulture returned that evening without the arrow, so Tumbainot reasoned that it must have landed on carrion, and that the flood was receding. When the water ran away, the ark grounded on the steppe, and its occupants disembarked. Tumbainot saw four rainbows, one in each quarter of the sky, signifying that God's wrath was over.” This account has more in common with the story of Noah’s flood than simply a boat and some water. The figure Tumbainot was deemed a righteous man, as Noah was. The people of the day were sinful and not mindful of God, as in the days of Noah. God then resolved to destroy all of life, as in accord with the biblical account. Tumbainot and his family were spared on an ark, with animals of every kind, as Noah and his family were spared on an ark with animals of every kind. All other men and animals drown in both accounts. Tumbainot released a dove to check on the status of the flood, as Noah did. Finally, in both accounts, the rainbow is seen after the disaster, signifying the end of God’s wrath. And this is not the only story like this! It would be ludicrous to say all these stories have in common is a boat and a guy and a flood. My friend stated that the argument from mythical abundance doesn’t prove a myth. I agree; but the fact is, the myth of the flood is not only abundant, but we find accounts across the world that are immensely similar in detail. Let’s move on! AlphaT dedicated several paragraphs to refuting the point I made on the Little Grand Canyon. He made three arguments on this point. Number one, he says that the canyon carved into loose volcanic ash and sediment is not the same as the canyon carved into limestone. Secondly, he argues that the amount of energy it took to carve a relatively small canyon is massive, and the amount of energy it would have taken for the flood to carve the Grand Canyon would have had to have been even greater. Finally he claims that this energy would have raised the flood waters to unbelievable temperatures, effectively boiling Noah and the animals to death. These three arguments can be refuted quite easily, by a better piece of evidence that proves my point. In Eastern Washington State, there is a canyon that was eroded through solid basalt by Lake Missoula floods in 1-2 days. This canyon is 300 to 500 feet deep. This refutes his argument that it would take “an inconceivable amount of energy” to create all the canyons in the world in such a short time as I have proposed. Since that energy is not needed, there is no reason to believe the flood waters would have reached deadly temperatures. It also does away with the notion that it takes millions of years for canyons to form, even if it doesn’t prove that they were formed by the flood. I will return to this point with evidence that the canyon was formed by flood waters later. We move on to the point I made on radiometric dating. As my friend pointed out, this isn’t evidence for a global flood. It does however have bearing on the argument, for if the rock layers can be accurately dated to be millions of years old… well then they can’t be only 4,600 years old can they? However, this is somewhat beside the point. I will make note, that Salt Lake Crater in Oahu was determined to be 92 to 147 million years old, 140 to 680 million years old, 930 to 1,580 million years old, and 1,230 to 1,960 million years old, using several different radiometric dating methods. Point number four, the fossil record being out of order. My opponent says, “A global flood is no more likely given that the proposed fossilization map we would expect in evolutionary theory is false.” True, but this piece of evidence certainly carries weight. Supposing rock layers were laid down one after another over millions of years, (which, I take it, you believe they were,) we shouldn’t expect to find huge areas where (according to the evolutionary model of life) the deposited fossils are entirely out of order; upside down, in fact. I proposed a theory as to why we find the fossil layers in the order we do here, while my friend has not. I’m going to have to stop at transcontinental rock layers, (aww, just as we were getting to the meat of it,) as I’m out of time for now. I must apologize for stopping short of a full rebuttal here. Writing all this takes time, and I’m dealing with some other things in life right now that require my immediate attention, so I must ask for your patience as I finish the other half. I thought rather than make my opponent wait for the whole thing I’d present what I have done so he can begin working on that. I simply don’t have the time right now to finish. Hopefully the rest should be done within a few days. Again, sorry for the wait.
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