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TLDR This belief doesn't come from a myth it first appeared in Wizard of Oz. I think the first time this belief was stated was in the the Wizard of Oz rather than in any myths. The belief probably comes from older myths/customs surroundin witches that were drawn upon to create this idea for the Wizard of Oz. 1) Water used to find witches. This took 2 forms....


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As a follow-up to my (almost) namesake @Thom . And to @Spencer It is not specifically stated that they burn in water they are only afeared to cross it. Tim O 'Shanter's poem says Ah, Tam! ah, Tam! thou'll get thy fairin! In hell they'll roast thee like a herrin! In vain thy Kate awaits thy comin! Kate soon will be a woefu' woman! Now, do thy ...


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