Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Midwives and Witchcraft

Did you know that midwives used to be burned at the stake as witches? That part of birth history has always fascinated me... the absolute fear and ignorance of that time frame and the senseless slaughter of thousands of innocents over simple superstitious accusation. I stumbled across a well written article on this very thing on another blog and wanted to share!

Witchcraft & Midwifery- Hoydens and Firebrands

Medieval Catholic Church misogyny regarded female sexuality the beginning of all mankind’s sin. Malleus Maleficarum* states: "When a woman thinks alone, she thinks evil."

*photo and quote borrowed from the authors website

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