Introduction to the Special Issue: How (and Why) Do Witches Fly?

  title={Introduction to the Special Issue: How (and Why) Do Witches Fly?},
  author={Michael Ostling},
  journal={Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft},
  pages={1 - 5}
The introduction to this special issue on witches’ imagined flight briefly traces the historiography of flight from classical antiquity into the early modern period. Witch-flight derives from a confluence of several traditions: literary depictions of metamorphosis, folkloric nightmares of child-stealing lamiae, and medieval beliefs about women who travel with Diana or similar pagan goddesses. The canon Episcopi condemned this last belief in the 10th century, but in the 15th century… CONTINUE READING