• Short Summary

    This store front may look commonplace --but inside it's witches supply shop.

    Here a hundred dollars?

  • Description

    Interior store

    Store men on beech

    Men on beech

    Coven meeting



    Store dapper


    Church plus

    Extension of church

    Women & minister

    Interior church

    Cutaways Cross, etc.

    Cutaways Cross, etc.


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    Background: This store front may look commonplace --but inside it's witches supply shop.

    Here a hundred dollars can buy you the dagger, the pentacle and all the other things needed to become a witch. The store also will mix you incense, or potions of brimstone, mandrake root and other shadowy substances. The catalogue advertizes generous discounts for bona fide covens...groups of witches.

    Many people laugh at the store...but not at men like these.

    They are witches...practicing what they call a religion older than Christianity. Witchcraft is legal, and Britain may have up to 40,000 male and female witches.

    This is a meeting of a coven, the witches' group. They are initiating the blindfolded girl......Witches say their worship of ancient gods in the old fertility cult summons up forces for good. And for evil. For while most witchcraft is called white, or benevolent, some supposedly is black, or malevolent..... One man argues that science destroyed the Christian church, and witches took over the spiritual ruins.

    What you have just seen may be considered trivial or even silly.

    What you are about to see is unusual--and very serious.

    Inside this Anglican church, more than 2000 exorclsme have been performed. Most people don't want to be filmed while being exorcized, but one woman did give her consent.

    She is 49 years old and a former nurse. She says that as a result of family troubles a Caribbean voodoo curse was put on her about six years ago. It makes her feel depressed and agitated. Her exorcist, the Lev. Christopher Neil-Smith, belires in what he calls witch forces external to the personality and that people can be cursed by witches. This is the exorcism.

    After this very emotional ceremony, I talked with the minister and the woman.

    After this very emotional ceremony, I talked with the woman about her experience.

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