Tuesday, 17 March 2009

'700 years later, a proper funeral for the teenage witch...'

The body of a 14th century teenager thought to have been beheaded as a witch and buried on unconsecrated ground has been exhumed and given a proper burial.

The girl, named Holly by archaeologists because her remains were found beneath a holly bush, had had her head laid at her side, a sign that she might have been suspected of witchcraft.

Holly's body was found six years ago in Hoo, Kent, during an excavation by archaeologists prior to work starting on a housing development and was taken away for research.

Dr Paul Wilkinson, director of the Kent Archaeological Field School, said the decapitation - which it was believed would deny eternal life - meant Holly was 'shamed' and was either a teenage witch, a criminal or had committed suicide.

Two plumed horses and a glass carriage carried the remains of the girl to what should now be her final resting place in the churchyard at Hoo St Werburgh Parish Church, in Kent.

A crowd of more than 200 mourners - who had responded to an appeal to give the suspected witch a respectable funeral - gathered to pay their respects to a teenager whose identity remains a mystery.

Despite such little knowledge about the girl being laid to rest, as the little wicker coffin was lifted from the carriage by four bearers, heads were bowed and one mourner placed flowers on the coffin as it was lowered into the ground.'

More: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1162480/700-years-proper-funeral-teenage-witch-head-chopped-off.html

6 comments:

Autumnforest said...

I have to give credit to the Brit's. In America, I doubt a person would have shown up for the funeral (and we're considered puritanical British descendents). They are much more progressive and tolerant about such things as paganism. Whether Holly was a witch, mentally ill, or a criminal, she is finally getting respect due for anyone who's had to live in such a critical society of her time. May she rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

"Two plumed horses and a glass carriage" is proper, given this bewitched world

"Whether Holly was a witch, mentally ill, or a criminal, she is finally getting respect due for anyone who's had to live in such a critical society of her time."


how do you know she's deserving of "respect"? -- much less such overt ceremony? merely because she's female, because she was a suspected witch, or both? should we dig up all the male "criminals" in amerika and fete them for enduring the matriarchy?

ray

Angelswords said...

Did you see the other story about the woman buried with a brick in her mouth, the suspected vampire of Venice?

www.newscientist.com/article/mg20126985.200-vampire-discovered-in-mass-grave.html

Autumnforest said...

Ray,
I would say simply based on historical data that women have in the past been the target of every insecurity men have had, giving rise to the invention of the male-written stories in the Bible of Eve's curse and every other ridiculous religious practice that plans to put women further down on the rung of life forms, this woman was more than likely the target of such hatred. The way in which this woman's body was found would lead one to believe she was treated as a witch or someone quite unsavory. A hanging might have been more the thing if she were a criminal, but this would appear to be witchcraft hysteria.

Whether she was a witch or not is not of any matter nowadays. I am commenting on the time in which she was tortured and buried, the type of hysterical climate that made it necessary for our ancestors to flee to America.

I would, however, say that no matter what man has done while on the earth, upon passing to whatever does or does not lie on the other side, all things should become equal. Holly should be escorted from the world in a passage that is befitting of having existed as a human (a good human or a bad human).

That the Brit's realize it was an unfit way to die and rest was very commendable. It says something about our evolution as a species. The Brit's come across burial sites and findings very frequently and treat such places with reverence. They are our history. These are our people, our ancestors, or knowledge so we don't make the same mistakes.

Even if we assume she was guilty of something horrible, when people who do awful things are put to rest, they still deserve to be near family and have a prayer said for them. We entered the world with no less than that, we should leave equally blessed no matter what mistakes we might have made on the mortal plane.

Anonymous said...

"I would say simply based on historical data that women have in the past been the target of every insecurity men have had, giving rise to the invention of the male-written stories in the Bible of Eve's curse and every other ridiculous religious practice that plans to put women further down on the rung of life forms, this woman was more than likely the target of such hatred."


well twenty years ago i would have bought your Victim Feminist hysteria rap, but when i look around the western world, what i see are males, both collectively and individually, as scapegoats of *womens'* insecurity, rage, and thirst for uber-control

as with your comment, this whole "story" is just more propaganda, y'all don't even KNOW who she was, yet you're projecting your Endless Victimhood onto her and making her yet another Example of the Evil Patriarchy

now that i've experienced what the Inquisition was trying to hold back, i'm gonna buy a "You Go Inquisition" tee shirt and wear it to all the Council for Women and Girls meetings

save the femprop, i've heard nothing else for four decades, and it took three of those decades to finally recognize feminism for the pathology it is

there is no more totalitarian an organization in all the cosmos than the group power of Woman, and that -- and not the Evil Patriarchy -- is why this planet is so fucked up

so you and your Raised Consciousness best lecture someone else

ray

Newspaceman said...

"The Brit's come across burial sites and findings very frequently and treat such places with reverence."

Sorry A., but this simply is not true. For example, up here in Edimnburgh the local councils pushed over all the headstones (c1900) that they deemed "unsafe" in all graveyards.

cheers