Hello, ladies, IT’S ME!!!!!!
You might be asking yourself: Didn’t you just write a post? I did, but HERE I AM AGAIN!!!
I was here working and thinking about what should I write next…and couldn’t come to any conclusion. So I had the brilliant idea to watch my favorite show (Outlander, BTW). I chose the best season (first) and the ep I love the most…
If you thought that my favorite ep was the wedding one, where Jamie and Claire go from we have to get married to, we are a very much in love couple…
YOU THOUGHT WRONG!!!!!
Well, you need to know something about me: I’m as much the Queen of Useless Info as I am the Queen of Drama! That means that my favorite eps are always the ones with more drama, more crying, fights, problems and screaming!!! They are always the ones you want to go into the TV, the ones you scream with the characters and by the end you don’t know if you’re still breathing or if your heart is still beating.
If you think my favorite ep would be Wentworth Prison (1×15) or To Ransom a Man’s Soul (1×16), know you are wrong again, I’m not that masochist.
I like my share of suffering alright but I believe it’s in the normal level, not DG’s kinda level.
Enough babbling, my favorite ep from S1 is:
The Devil’s Mark (1×11)
My God! So much happens in that ep, that when it ends I find myself in a fetal position and have no idea how I got there in the first place. THEY WERE GOING TO HANG HER! THE WOMAN HELPED EVERYBODY AND STILL GOT LOCKED UP! YOU COULDN’T EVEN KNOW ABOUT HERBS, WTF? AND JAMIE, GOD! HE WENT CRAZY. AND AFTER? HE TOOK HER BACK. HE TOOK HER BACK TO THE STONES!!! CAN’T DEAL WITH THAT. REMEMBER THE GOOD BYE? SHE DIDN’T EVEN KNOW, SO BEAUTIFUL! JAMIE USING HIS MANUAL ABILITIES TO…
I find myself wondering, what if I had gone through those stones, in that same time period, would I have the same destiny as Claire and be judged for witch craft?
Intern darling, you bring me my coffee, cause I’m on fire here!!!
Today’s post: “WITCH, I AM.”
So, Claire had bad luck: she married Jamie and Laoghaire wanted her dead and out the way. There is a duality between what medicine and common knowledge represented few centuries back. Depending on the when, it could be a life saver or a death penalty, without saying that your attitude alone could send you to the guilhotine. On my previous post I talked about some behaviors that were considered deadly to woman of that time period, but the question really is:
From where did those standards of behavior that classifies a woman from a witch come from?
We need a stone circle here – or maybe a phone booth – to take us back to 1487, when The German Cleric Heinrich Kramer wrote a book, Malleus Maleficarum, latin for “Hammer of Witches” – in which he cataloged all the characteristics, physical or psychological, that would determine if a woman was a witch. Even though his book wasn’t a hit with his teachers, it was replicated through centuries to come.
We’re not gonna go into the religious side of this. Mainly because it would become very boring and tiresome to read about all of the outdated thoughts. Enough to say that Father Bain’s ideas were the most common: a woman was responsible for her sins and couldn’t be considered a dignified human being. They were always in need of purification, as the sin would posses their bodies, weakening and leaving them more prone to the devil, who could-in theory-enter more easily, making them the true embodiment of the devil itself. So, The Tribune (of the Holy Office) of the Inquisition was born to judge, evaluate and condemn those who were involved with any suspicious activities like witch craft.
But the question remains: what would determine that a person – mostly women – would be considered a witch?
Sit down. Breath. Relax. Don’t go crazy. At least try not not! Grab a coffee, a chamomile tea or even a cachaça.
Are you comfortable? Here’s the Witch Hunt list:
- Being a woman
- Too ugly
- Too Beautiful
- Likes animals too much
- If you don’t like animals or if they don’t like you
- Touch a pig’s skin
- If you like nature
- Married and too fertile
- Married and not fertile
- Too old
- Too young
- If you’re a midwife
- If you have sex with someone you’re not married to
- If you have a malformation
- If you have a birth mark
- No mark
- If you cursed
- if you complaint
- If you talked about dreams
- If you were too annoyed
- If you were raped
- Know too much about plants
- If dairy went bad near you
- Too poor
- Too many friends
- If you argued frenquetly
- If you have any kind of deficiency
- Lack of memory (death to all Dory’s in this fandom)
I would probably be on the fire in a blink of an eye and I didn’t even get to the half of the list. The truth is that anything was reason enough to be considered pagan. If the wind blew around you differently or a black cat liked you, that would be reason enough to condemn you. But the truth is that everything was just an excuse for murder, no matter how convenient the charges were. You could be dead if a priest was attracted to you, since you – according to the priests – had a uterus, which can give you the gift of copulating and therefore, copulate with demons and the one who was attracted by you would be falling in the devil’s traps.
If you dared to have knowledge, it would probably make you question about how things worked and a thinking woman was definitely kissed by the devil in her sleep. There was a long list of unjustifiable behaviors that led to humiliation and torture of many women everyday – and most of them were obligated to say they had some kind of intercourse with the devil, and that were chosen to serve him and his purpose.
If we stop to think on how many were killed simply by the fact that religion determined and superstition dictated, we start to understand that the worst thing about humanity is in fact ignorance. What couldn’t be understood or explained, would necessarily be condemned.
What if a cat passing on your way was only a cat passing on your way? What if you had abilities with plants just because you were curious? What if being a midwife was just a everyday job? What if you found nature enchanted and wanted to celebrate it?
If we start thinking about it, it’s not just a damming thing for centuries ago, it seems so distant and outrageous, but we’re missing the daily barbares around us. Should a person be condemned for their beliefs? For their physical characteristics? For the color of their skin? For your likes? For the way they celebrate life? For the choices they make? For being born in a certain way?
Be someone responsible for your choices, of your unique beauty feature, understand that you can and you should be friend to who you want to be, whatever if he or she like or not like animals, want or don’t want to have children.
Preferably looking for the knowledge, understanding where is your place in the world, being modest or rebel, speaking or not speaking bad words, regardless of your age.
Value your life the way it is, understanding that, the same way as you choose to be who you are, the others one can also choose what them want to be, and no one has to be condemned for it.
We already had too many judgments and too much blood.
If we look into our past, we would all be witches, but if we look to ourselves in the present time, we should ask:
What are we now?