Monday, October 28, 2013
Coffin Hop: The History of the Witches Hat
The history of the witches hat can be traced to the origin of the word pagan, meaning "country-dweller." Many pagans who lived in the country wore pointed hats. Pagans were considered wise and they were knowledgeable about healing herbs. Their "witchcraft" was "white magic," and was not viewed as negative.
Later, Christians began associating "witchcraft" with Satan and the devil. This happened most notably at the Salem Witch Trials. Therefore, the pointed hat worn by those who practiced witchcraft was viewed as a symbol of "black magic."
The history of the witches hat continues into the early 1700s. Old, scary looking women were depicted with black pointed hats in supernatural tales of English story books. Thus, the image of the evil witch with the black pointed broad brimmed hat, flying on her broom, was born.
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