Witchcraft and Superstitions By: Sydney C. Jaycee S. yajaIRa G.

In Shakespeare's time people believed in witches. They were people who had made a pact with the Devil in exchange for supernatural powers. It is at this time that the idea of witches riding around on broomsticks.

Witchcraft was also called witchery or spellcraft. People believed in witchcraft in the 17th century because they needed a way to explain the unexplainable.

People used witches when situations came up that could not be explained due to the lack of scientific and medical knowledge. People needed something to help the masses understand.

These people were dubbed as witches and everyone excluded them because they 'made a pact with the devil in exchange for supernatural powers'.

Fear of the supernatural and forces of nature or God created the belief of superstitions during the Elizabethan era.

Some Elizabethan superstitions were due to the fear of witchcraft and the persecution of witches. Women were those most often accused of being witches.

Most superstitions have two different parts. One is about good luck; another is about bad luck.

People in the Elizabethan era believed in fate. They believed your soulmate was written in the stars.

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