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What is the origin of the myth that witches burn in water?

As per most of the stories I know, witches usually burn when they come into contact with water. Why is this so and what is the origin of this myth? Also,why do witches burn? What about wizards?
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Parallels between Hecate and the Devil?

Hecate was associated with crossroads, just as the devil was. Do the similarities end there? Could Hecate qualify as a devil figure?
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Is there any historical documentation about witches using windows for divination?

Is there any historical documentation about witches using windows for divination? I have seen some rabbinic scholars (like Alshich, Albo, Abarbanel, and Saba) ntrepret the Biblical passages concerning ...
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Why is purple the color that protects from witches' curse?

I was watching some history channel show about cursed placed, and they featured Romanian witches who cursed the central government for a tax policy. Witchcraft is not taken lightly in Romania. After ...
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Is it safe to "pay the devil with blood" for the power to cast a given spell or curse?

I was watching a show on Romanian witchcraft where they specifically talked about using a lot of blood b/c that's what you use to pay the devil, and that all Romanians have a little of the devil in ...
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What is the story of Madonna Oriente?

I stumbled upon the Wikipedia article on Madonna Oriente, a mysterious religious figure of 14th century Milan: Madonna Oriente or Signora Oriente (Lady of the East), also known as La Signora del ...
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Tales of bats as witches' familiars?

One of the superstitions in the article 13 Halloween Superstitions & Traditions Explained is about bats: Medieval folklore also described bats as witches' familiars, and seeing a bat on ...