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A seminal figure in Western occult history, the Witch of Endor first appears in the book of 1 Samuel in the Old Testament. She was summoned by King Saul to raise the prophet Samuel from the dead.
The Witch of Endor would today be described as a medium or seer, but as the legend evolved she was thought to be an actual witch who had mastery over the element of Air. The belief in the actual existence of witches and otherworldly beings grew over time, culminating in the rabid persecution and killing, for centuries, throughout Europe of those persons so identified.
The persistent English belief in the satanic power of witches was imported by the Puritans to early New England as well, and women and men accused of witchcraft and consorting with the devil were hanged and otherwise dispatched, notably in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
During the reign of Charles II of England (the Restoration), masques and other elaborate entertainments were extremely popular at court. Here we see a Cavalier from that period, costumed as the Witch of Endor, enjoying a pint.
Digital oil portrait of a man dressed as the witch; adapted from an original photograph shot October 23, 2010 in Hebron, Connecticut at King Arthur’s Harvest Faire.
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