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History Camp Boston: Behind the Devil's Shield: Counter-Magic in Early New England

  • Suffolk University Law School 120 Tremont Street Boston, MA, 02108 United States (map)

Early New England ministers took a hard line against the practice of magic. All magic, whether harmful or beneficial in intention, was believed to be demonic. The archaeological, architectural, and documentary records show us that things weren't so black and white for their congregations. This lecture will explore evidence for the practice of protective counter-magic in seventeenth and eighteenth-century New England, including witch bottles, deliberate concealments, and ritual marks on historic timber.

This talk presented as a session at History Camp Boston 2018