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until a few years ago, unequal property and wealth
went unchallenged, and the age old social hierarchy
seemed to continue, and this may be have contrib-
uted in creating a law-abiding, passive peasants.
In spite of other factors, it seems that an appreci-
able degree of justice seems to have derived from
witchcraft. Hence, it can still be argued that there
had been a relationship between witchcraft and
law-abidance. It is seen Franconian peasants shared
the same ideas as older Indian societies in the
American southwest, who saw witchcraft to cre-
ate social timidity, and that with witchcraft, one is
encouraged to ''live a good life and not only refrain
from doing harm to other persons, but also do the
right things to plants and animals''. This idea was
radical with the Franconian belief system, and it can
be argued that this idea was maybe a key reason
why Jura was so technologically and scientifically
behind mainstreamGermany. Fear of attracting
curse by experimenting on plants and animals could
have impeded technological and scientific advance-
ment among Jura peasants. This may have been
the reason why the region remained backwards
for so long. The fears and anxieties associated with
witchcraft immobilized those which could have
been potential innovators, who could have brought
about better living conditions, so this timidity, in
conjunction with other factors, could explain the
destitution that characterizes this region.
Today, we see the Jura Mountains almost eradi-
cated of these witchcraft traditions, and raises the
question of why witchcraft disappeared if it seemed
so beneficial. Because of many factors, like the
introduction of tourism, the younger generation fi-
nally immersing into mainstreamGermany's culture
and acquiring understanding of science, culture and
technology, inexplicable suffering did not need su-
pernatural explanations, so now the belief in witch-
craft is only carried by the elders.
Whilst we learn and read about the many
thousands of lives lost and people shunned by
practising witchcraft, there's are also societies who
thrived and valued the possibility of the presence of
witchcraft, which made witchcraft as an essential
for society to function properly.
Saumiya Paheerathan 11LT
‘TheWitch No.1, No.2 & No.3’, set of lithographs by Joseph E. Baker, 1892
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