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15 Bizarre and Cruel Ways People Tested Witches

The mass hysteria that gripped people during the numerous witch trials that took place in our history is still difficult to understand. Equally incomprehensible is some of the weird ways they tested witches. One of the main sources for practicing witch hunters was a book titled Malleus Maleficarum, which translates to "Hammer of the Witches." The book outlines numerous ways to identify and prosecute witches.

The ways witches were tested ranged from the bizarre to the cruel, and included having their victims scratch them until they bled, baking their victims' urine into a cake, and being asked to perfectly recite a prayer. While these witch trial tests might sound absurd to us today, for many men and women, the outcomes of these tests would determine whether they lived or perished.

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