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Locke And The Lapland Witches

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It was not clear to natural philosophers of the seventeenth century where the line lay between the natural and the supernatural. If magic could be believed to work medical cures then it was also considered possible to use it to do harm. The Royal College of Physicians accepted that witchcraft could be a cause of illness. The classic European image of the witch and witchcraft was built up in the course of the sixteenth and seventeenth century trials. Witchcraft was a part of Locke's mental world. Glanvill compiled a collection of testimonies and reports of witchcraft and other supernatural happenings in his book Saducismus Triumphatus very much in the manner of a natural history of the subject. Scheffer's History of Lapland would have given Locke the best available account of Saami shamanism. Scheffer was clearly describing a phenomenon that was very different from conventional European witchcraft of the seventeenth century.

Keywords: Joseph Glanvill; Lapland witch; Locke; Saami shamanism; Saducismus Triumphatus; Scheffer



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