Climatic Change and Witch-hunting: the Impact of the Little Ice Age on Mentalities

  title={Climatic Change and Witch-hunting: the Impact of the Little Ice Age on Mentalities},
  author={Wolfgang Behringer},
  journal={Climatic Change},
  • W. Behringer
  • Published 1999
  • Environmental Science
  • Climatic Change
In addition to objective climatic data, subjective or social reactions can also serve as indicators in the assessment of climatic changes. Concerning the Little Ice Age the conception of witchcraft is of enormous importance. Weather-making counts among the traditional abilities of witches. During the late 14th and 15th centuries the traditional conception of witchcraft was transformed into the idea of a great conspiracy of witches, to explain "unnatural" climatic phenomena. Because of their… 

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