In this week’s Love Speaking magazine, we are taking a look into the supernatural. Below you can read an extract from the features section of the magazine about the Salem witch trials and don’t forget to take a look at the new vocabulary at the end of the blog post.
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The Salem witch trials
More than 300 years ago, trials began to be held in Salem Village. Villagers were being hung to death or taken to prison. Twenty men and women were killed in total. This all happened because they were accused
of being witches, in what became the “Salem Witch Trials.” In Colonial America, everyone believed in the supernatural
, and magic was connected with the devil. Satan was blamed for every terrible thing that happened. The trials ended on October 12, when the governor said the evidence
used was not enough, simply other villagers saying they had seen others with devils.
Secularists chose this day as a day to celebrate reason. October 12 is now Freethought Day among secular groups. The day is popular in the United States, were many consider that discrimination against freethinkers is everywhere. Freethought day celebrations want to give support to these individuals. The whole month of October is Freethought month, and people in many cities hold festivals throughout the month.
To accuse (v.) = to say someone else is guilty of doing something wrong = acusar
Supernatural (adj.) = relating to anything outside the natural world = sobrenatural
Evidence (n.) = any thing that is helpful to form a conclusion or judgment = prueba
Secularist (n.) = someone who is skeptic, especially of religion = secular
Discrimination (n.) = treat someone unfairly because of beliefs, gender, race, etc = discriminación
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