Wikipedia.org/ Witches' Sabbath or Sabbat-- is a meeting of those who practice witchcraft and other rites. European records indicate cases of persons being accused or tried for taking part in Sabbat gatherings, from the Middle Ages to the 17th century or later.
Witches: from hideous hags to sexy sirens – in pictures
Frans Francken II, Witches Sabbath, 1606 http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2013/mar/22/witches-scottish-national-gallery-in-pictures#
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The peak of the witch hunt was during the period of the European wars of religion, peaking between about 1580 and 1630. The witch hunts declined in the early 18th century.
The European Witch Hunts
The European Witch Hunts Suspects were weighed because it was thought that witches had little or no weight
Torture by a water. Illustration to the M.V.de Fereal's "History of Inquisition". XIX.
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Once, there were witches. No. There were never witches. Not in the way men said, anyway. Once, there were many Indigenous polytheist and animist faith traditions in what is now Western Europe. Their customs supported varying levels of respect and authority for women. They had holy women, woman healers, and woman leaders. Once, there was…