Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

February 15, 2011

Witches to be Taxed in Romania & Memorialized in Scotland


CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

WITCHES TO BE TAXED IN ROMANIA

&

MEMORIALIZED IN SCOTLAND

 

Superstition is a serious matter in the land of Dracula.

     Romania’s beleaguered witches—soothsayers and fortune tellers—are “cursing a bill that threatens fines or even prison if their predictions don’t come true,” saying that they shouldn’t be blamed for the failure of their tools. “They can’t condemn witches, they should condemn the cards,’ said Queen Witch Bratara.

     The bill comes on the heels of the witches being taxed for their trade.

     According to the Associated Press article, Romanian officials are turning to witches to help the recession-hit country and crack down on tax evasion, while critics say the bill is a ruse to deflect public attention from the country’s many problems.

 

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     Meanwhile, in Scotland, a nobleman is building a maze in memory of the men and women executed as witches on his estate in the 17th century. The Witches’ Maze at Tillibole Castle near Kinross will have a pillar in the center with the names of those convicted and put to death in 1662, the Scotsman reported. Lord Moncrieff said the maze will be a monument to rationalism.

 

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     The Salem witch trials in the United States occurred in 1692. I need to know this because people ask me if witchcraft played a role in a short fiction story I’m writing about a man who was hung for murdering his mother, his conviction being based on the testimony of a ghost. However, my story occurs in 1673, a tad too early for the Salem witch trials.

 

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     We all must deal with our superstitions. Knock on wood!

 

SOURCE

 Greensburg Tribune Review March 30, 2009

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