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.
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.
Kabbalists believed that there is a gap between how mankind can understand God and what God actually is. This unknowable aspect of God is called Ein-Sof.
Mysticism is not new to Judaism. It dates back at least to the 6th century BCE with Ezekiel’s visions of the divine chariot (called merkavah mysticism) in Isaiah. In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. …
With corruption plaguing the Catholic Church, Reform movements, science, and the rise of literacy gradually chipped away at its power.