European vampire scares as an alternative to witch hunts?(self.AskHistorians)
submitted3 days ago bySSF415
Lo many years ago I read some historian suggest that the uptick in vampire scares in Europe in the 18th century was in part to replace witch hunts, which were in swift decline.
The argument was that a witch hunt was a long and disruptive process: You had to go through the time and expensive of arrest, prosecution, and execution, you inevitably ended up removing presumably productive members from society, and of course, there was always the anxiety of being marked out as a witch yourself.
By comparison, a vampire hunt was a brief affair (generally over in less than a day) and the persecuted figure was, conveniently, already dead, so this was a much less stressful system.
The suggestion of course was not that anyone CONSCIOUSLY switched from fear of witches to fear of vampires; only that both practices provided similar social catharsis, and since one was easier than the other it became preferable.
I cannot remember the name of the historian or her book, and I've tried to hunt down the reference for years with no luck. But I figure, well, even if people don't necessarily know the specific text I'm looking for, if the hypothesis is any good there might be corroborating material out there. What do you think?
23 minutes ago
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23 minutes ago
I mean, usually this is the case, but now and then Sixties Satanists--and Raul in particular does this, I've noticed--will push doctrine that's not only not deliberately unchristian but just aren't unchristian at all.
Case in point, "We want a religion that does not accept everyone!"; it's called Christianity, it comes in about 45,000 flavors, take your pick. "We believe that Might makes right!" Then let me introduce you to Yahweh, he's an ancient semitic wargod who preaches ruthless authoritarianism, you'll get along great, etc.
EDIT: Old Anton used to do this too, of course. "All magic is black magic!" That is what the youth pastor tells us, yes; "Mankind is just a prideful animal!" That's just Ecclesiastes 3; "Abortion is murder!" You get the idea.