This episode is all about witchcraft in New England. We speak to folklorist Peter Muise and review the new folk horror film, The Witch, which is set in Colonial New England. Lots of spooky, witchy goings-on this time around! We hope you enjoy!
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Download: Episode 89 – New England Witchery
Please definitely check out Peter Muise’s blog, New England Folklore, which is full of excellent material for anyone interested in the supernatural and New England. You can also check out his book, Legends & Lore of the North Shore.
We’ve got several previous episodes and website articles that inform this episode and which might be of interest to you if you like this topic:
- Blog Post 03 – Some Examples of Colonial Magic & Witch-lore
- Blog Post 06 – More Colonial Witchcraft
- Podcast 3 – Hot & Cold Spells, a Story, & a Contest [contains “Young Goodman Brown,” by N. Hawthorne]
- Blog Post 104 – (A Little) More Colonial (and Native American) Magic
- Blog Post 105 – Magic Books in the American Colonies: The Devil’s Book
- Blog Post 148 – The Witch’s Ire
- Podcast 77 – What Do Witches Do
- Blog Post 195 – Old Betty Booker and Witch Bridles
- Episode 82 – Shapeshifting
- Blog Post 197 – Shapeshifting
- Episode 83 – Shapeshifting Revisited
You may also want to read the full article version of Cory’s film review in Blog Post 199 – Film Review: The Witch.
The review has a number of resources listed at the end, but a couple of books worth checking out on the subject of magic & witchcraft in Colonial New England would be:
- Worlds of Wonder, Days of Judgment: Popular Religious Beliefs in Early New England, by David D. Hall
- Witches of the Atlantic World: A Historical Reader & Primary Sourcebook, by Elaine G. Breslaw, ed.
- In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692, by Mary Beth Norton.
- Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft & the Culture of Early New England, by John Demos.
And of course, go check out The Witch, directed by Robert Eggers (A24, 2015).
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Promos & Music
Title and closing music is “Pig Ankle Rag,” by The Joy Drops, and is used under a Creative Commons License (available at Soundcloud.com).
The incidental musical selections are hymns from the Congregational/Puritan tradition, called “He Leadeth Me,” and “On the Lamb Our Souls are Resting.” Songs are via Archive.org, used under Creative Commons license. Audio selections from The Witch are used according to Fair Use conditions of copyright.
One thought on “Episode 89 – New England Witchery”
Hi, is there a way to read these instead of listening? Are there transcripts, maybe?
They all sounds so intriguing, but I won’t listen, probably. I can’t sit still long enough, lol, and I am technologically challenged in my car.
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