Black Magic - The Beggining of the End

Adara Rosalie

Joined June 2008

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In Remembrance of all the men and women who were persecuted and executed during the hysteria of the Salem Witch trials. Here are some to name a few:

Bridget Bishop / John Proctor
George Burroughs / Alice Parker
Ann Pudeator / Sarah Wildes
Wilmott Redd / John Willard
Margaret Scott / Martha Corey
Samuel Wardwell / Martha Carrier
Mary Easty / Rebecca Nurse
Sarah Good / George Jacobs, Sr.
Elizabeth Howe / Susannah Martin

The Salem witch hunt began in January of 1692.The first two “afflicted” persons were Parris’ daughter and neice, nine-year-old Elizabeth “Betty” Parris and eleven-year-old Abigail Williams. After days of displaying characteristics of aberrant behavior including claims of sharp pain, paralyzation, choking, crawling under furniture, staring-into-space, making non-sensical noises and crying out, they were prayed over by Reverend Parris and several local ministers. When this failed to cure them, the local physician, Dr. William Griggs was called in to examine the girls. His diagnosis was that their malady was of a spiritual nature. They were under the “evil hand” of witchcraft.

Ultimately the group of “afflicted” would grow to include many more children. All of these would claim to be “tortured, wasted, pined and consumed” by the spells and invisible specters of local residents who were witches. Altogether, the “afflicted children” would accuse over two hundred individuals, most of whom would escape prosecution. Nearly fifty would save their lives by confessing to the crime of witchcraft, and begging the community’s forgiveness.(This group would be asked to turn “state’s evidence” and help the court ferret out more suspects.) Twenty would lose their lives through the actions of Salem’s Court of Oyer and Terminer, nineteen by hanging and one (Giles Corey) by the torture of pressing.

There was a movie created called THE CRUICIBLE that depicts the salem witch trials.

A Second Image that is based on the same subject of black magic, superstition and Salem can be found here The Supplicant

Resources:
The Girl is from mjranum-stock.

The Back ground of the Room is by well renound artist Gary Tonge, who has been featured in Digital magazines like ‘Imagine FX’ and has even recently had a book published on Digital art with wonderful tutorials ‘Bold Visions: A Digital Painting Bible’ The Room Can be found here

I just wanted to make it clear that I contacted Garry and asked his express permission to use the background image. He gave me permission. So there is no infringement on copyright or creative commons licensing.

All artworks contained herein have been created in Photoshop CS3 or Photographed, by Adara Rosalie, and are all original artworks.
My gallery is Copyright © 2008-2009 Adara Rosalie. All rights reserved. My work may not be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my written permission.

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