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

TL;DR This belief doesn't come from a myth. It first appeared in The Wizard of Oz. I think the first time this belief was stated was in The Wizard of Oz rather than in any myths. The belief probably ...
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What is the origin of the myth that witches burn in water?

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, ...
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Is it safe to "pay the devil with blood" for the power to cast a given spell or curse?

Romanian witchcraft is (not surprisingly given the religiosity of the country) rooted in Christianity, which in its turn copied the principles of a blood sacrifice and scapegoating from Judaism. ...
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Why is purple the color that protects from witches' curse?

This study should answer your question: The wizards of the violet flame. A magical mystery tour of Romanian politics - Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies It presents the manifestations ...
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What is the origin of the myth that witches burn in water?

This is a story thread in Robert Burns's poem 'Tam O'Shanter' from 1791. Tam is spirited safely by his mare Maggie to a bridge, and the pursuing witches cannot follow him across the water.
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