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Witches, Demons and Werwolves


  • 16th century woodcut of burning of witches
  • A werewolfe with his victim | 18th century woodcut
  • African fetish-figure from the Ashanti tribe
  • Candomblé shop with magical paraphernalia in Brazil | Candomblé is an Afro-Brazilian religion involving rituals of possession
  • Illusion of apparition of a spirit by use of a concave mirror | Karl von Eckartshausen [Aufschlüsse zur Magie, 1788]
  • Image of Moloch, an ancient Ammonite god | Gaffarel [Curiositez inovyes, 1676]
  • Lion mask of an African shaman of the Ashanti tribe
  • Monstrous half human half animal creature: A Triton and a Sirene | from J. Gaffarel: ’Curiositez inovyes’  [1676]
  • One of 17th century alchemist and free-mason Raimundo de Sangro de Sansevero’s ‘anatomic machines’ preserved in his Chapel in Naples, Italy
  • Psychoactive plants: Amanita muscaria
  • Psychoactive plants: Angels trumpet [Brugmansia]
  • Psychoactive plants: Jimson Weed [Datura stramonium]
  • Psychoactive plants: Opium poppy [Papaver somniferum]
  • Rite of Exorcism in the Rituale Romanum
  • Satanism & Demonology: A scene from the Witches Sabbath
  • Satanism & Demonology: Image of a demon from the Dictionaire infernal  by Collin de Plancy
  • Satanism & Demonology: Titel page of the Dictionaire infernal by Collin de Plancy with etching of allegory of superstition
  • Satanism & Demonology: Witch flying on the back of a goat to the coven | 16th century woodcut
  • Satanism & Demonology: Woodcut showing the burning of Urbain Grandier in 1634
  • Siberian Shaman costume and drum | from S. Pallas, S. ’Reise nach Sibirien’ [1777]
  • The Footprint of the Devil in the Frauenkirche in Munich
  • The remains of the sinister castle of the Marquis de Sade at Lacoste in the Lubéron, Provence, France
  • Titel and frontispiece of Joseph Glanvil [Sadducismus Triumphatus: Or, full and plain evidence, concerning witches and apparitions, 1682]
  • Vlad Dracula, called Vlad the Impaler impaling his enemies |  Woodcut from a pamphlet of 1499
  • Vlad Dracula, called Vlad the Impaler |  16th century woodcut
  • Voodoo: Altar for the Voodoo loa [spirit] Legba
  • Voodoo: Cross representing the loa [spirit] Legba, in a window in New Orleans,LA
  • Voodoo: Grave of the famous Voodoo Qeen Marie Laveau [1796-1881] in St. Louis Cemetery , New Orleans, LA
  • Voodoo: Priestess Miriam in her Voodoo temple in New Orleans, LA
  • Yarn painting of the Mexican Huichol tribe showing the bad magician Kieri Tewiari misleading a witch to use the hallucinogen Datura

All pictures: © Elmar R. Gruber