The benandanti were an agrarian fertility cult in Northern Italy in the 16th-17th centuries who claimed they would leave their bodies and fight witches 4 times each year.
Witchcraft & Magic
Many religions and cultures have a belief in witchcraft and magic which usually involves using supernatural forces to do one’s bidding. In early modern Europe, this belief led to widespread witch hunts and has fueled contemporary pagan, witchcraft and modern magickal movements in the 20th century & modern era. Read articles on witchcraft and magic below.