Salem Witchcraft Trials
This took place in the Salem Village, colonial Massachusetts, left a scar in history when innocent people were hung from a tree in Gallows Hill and over 500,000 were “punished” in the name of witchcraft and sorcery. Albeit this practice was declared unlawful (America 1702), yet it remains prevalent in a shocking number of places around the world, including India. Reasons such as the passing of a neighbor or the well running dry sufficed to use a vulnerable woman as a scapegoat and prosecute her assuming her to be a “witch” who brought bad omen. My work depicts this issue and questions the progress we have made as a civilization. This mass hysteria, fear of the unknown and superstition continues to end lives in villages where people are succumbing to committing heinous crimes because of blind frenzy. RIP Sanity.
“One for the master, One for the dame,
One for the little boy who lived down the lane.
One for those innocent executed anyway,
One for the Salem Witchcraft Trials
Up on Gallows Hill
One for the mass hysteria
That uprooted Jack and Jill.
One for those vile women questioning power,
One for the oppressors sitting mighty
When theocracy was starting to wither
By the hour.
One for India
To have kept a 17th century legacy alive!
One for the barbaric shield
They still use to claim women’s lives.
One for every woman tormented in the rural,
One for the innocent and lack of proof,
One for the woman still being accused.
One for the powerful continuing to decimate.
One for every ‘witch’ who will
Now live in memory lane.”
– Akshita Gandhi