Beautiful - Wish I could stay longer

Trip Start Jun 27, 2013
Trip End Jul 11, 2013

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

I learned a lot in Salem. Took a great tour The Salem Witch Walk, Tom our guide was great.  He walked everyone through a simple ritual explaining the word ritual and the meaning and how it relates to non-witches.  The ritual consists of giving us a safe journey through the tour since we will be walking through the town.  After closing the ritual we each received a stone from the alter, and the tour began. 

We walked to the middle of town and there Tom explained that there are certain traditions that non-witches/pagans took from witches/pagans and he started explaining the holidays starting with the Christmas, Easter, and ending with Halloween.  We then moved to the cemetery to where a place is set to show honor to the 19 innocent souls accused for something they did not do.  Symbols on the tombs stones where explained. 

The story goes this way: the slave girl named Tituba was teaching the girls some games to play, they got a glass of water cracked an egg and let it drop.  Whatever letter they see in the water and eye that would be the first letter of their future husband's name.   One little girl named Betty Parris who was only 9 years old also played this game, but instead of seeing a letter she saw a picture which scared her.  Those days the people were very religious and if the man of the family’s found out they were playing such games the girls would get in trouble.  We have to remember different times.  People also hated each other for being different.   

Instead of going to the father they went to the mothers, and the women tried to cover things up, so they went to the slave girl for help.  The slave girl Tituba who didn’t know what to do, so she had all the girls pee in a bowl, added flour and made pee cake and feed it to the dog.  The same dog that later was killed for giving one of the girls an evil eye. 

The Reverend Parris the father of Betty Parris and uncle of Abigail Williams heard of this beat his wife and the girls, but not as bad as his slave girl Tituba making her confess that she was a witch.  She finally did in order for him to stop beating her.  The girls started acting up throwing bibles across the room, barking like dogs, contorting themselves, crawling under furniture, making strange sounds, and screaming.  Today we call that asking like children, but back then the devil made them do it. They were sent to travel and point out witches throughout the east coast.  Everything stopped when the girls started pointing fingers at the governor’s wife.  19 people died in that area, but think about all the others over the centuries that have died for the same reason, for really being witches.   

This has taught me never to judge people, everyone has an option, but we need to realize that it goes both ways.

Here’s another story: One of the victims did not get hung, he actually got flatten to death.  Don’t get me wrong he was not a good man, because he accused his wife for being a witch right before he was killed.  It took about 3 days before he died.  I said about 3 days because some said 3 days while others said 2 days. So I will stick with about 3 days.  This man (    ) was placed on his back with a board on his chest and every hour the Sherriff would order a bolder on his chest.  (    ) would say, "Add more weight."  Right before he took his last breath, he yelled to the Sherriff “I curse you and the town of Salem”. 

3 Months later the Sherriff died of a heart attack, and every Sherriff after either died of a heart attack or had to retire early because of heart problems, until the Sherriff department moved to another location.  The lesson learned is to be careful what is spoken a person might end up cursing a town, and a person doesn’t have to be a witch to throw that energy out there.  Food for thought. 

The tour continued to also explain the balance between some worship the sun and life while witches worship the moon and honor the dead.            

I say if you are ever in Salem, this is the tour to see.  I felt it gave me a new outlook on the way other view things, even though I might do things differently.  I would love to take a trip in October – Salem does Halloween for the whole month.  It’s nice not having to hide.  Peace out my friends. Blessed Be.
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