Hello dear readers, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from us here at Mythology Magazine! Since we are headquartered in Upstate New York, USA, we thought it would be prudent to share a little bit of the local culture from our friends in the Iroquois Nation.
In an age of rapid change in all arenas, from technology to society, from science to religion, the way we view our holidays is also changing. Despite being a national holiday without ownership claimed by any one religion, Thanksgiving has been receiving its fair share of criticism in the media due to its idyllic portrayal of European/Native relations.
That issue is far more complicated than most of the people commenting on it even realize. And, that is beyond the scope of our publication so I will not go into that here. However, what is in the purview of our magazine is commentary on how myth, legend, and belief plays a role in the lives of individuals as well as the larger society.
Witchcraft trials, superstitions, and the practices of the accused is a topic that has been much studied in the past few decades. Most historians focus on the witch hunts of Europe or the Salem witch trials of Massachusetts. But, there are many parts of the United States that have a rich history of superstitious folk tradition that don’t get as much attention. Thomas White’s book, “Witches of Pennsylvania: Occult History & Lore,” reveals that the Keystone State has quite a wicked history of its own.