What were the beliefs and attitudes about witches and witchcraft held by many people in the New England colonies in the late seventeenth century?
People use to have poor attitudes against witches and what they "supposedly" did. They made assumptions, and encouraged people to believe false statements about witches and witchcraft. People use to associate witchcraft with evil and would have descibed a witch as someone who uses magic to harm others, by causing accidents, illnesses, bad luck, and even death. Witches also are known to be able to fly. Whether it was under their own power, by riding tools such as brooms or rakes, or by riding magical animals, people believed that witches would ride every night on a full moon. People also said that witches had a great amount of knowledge how on to create potions and spells.
What characteristics did witches supposedly manifest? How were they identified? How were they punished?
Depending on who you are asking, the characteristics vary of a witch. In Europe witches are pictured as thin and gaunt, whereas in Central Africa they are described as fat from eating human flesh. But no matter who you ask, its true that many people think of them to have a wart or ugly face.Witches are said to be entirely devoted to Nature, not a god. Thridly, Witches have some small insignificant Mutation in their body. For example, many are known to have an extra finger or toe. Witches were identified by having a mark on their body (the mark of the devil) of any sort, if you had familiars ( for example, a pet which followed you around wherever you went, mainly a cat), if you made models of your victims, lived alone, old or if you were a woman. Everyone was against witches, so one of their punishments was witch trials. If they were found guilty, they would be punished by a hanging or they would be burned to dealth.