Osculum inflame - the kiss of shame
The osculum inflame was the name given to the greeting that the witch gave the devil; this was called the kiss of shame due to the fact that it involved kissing the devils backside. According to folklore of that time, it was this kiss that allowed the devil to seduce women. During the witch-hunt, it was thought that all witches worshipped the devil and they paid respect to him by kissing his backside.
In almost all accounts of confessions by witches during this era the osculum inflame was mentioned, though it has to be said that most confessions were made under extreme torture. It was called the kiss of shame due to obvious reasons of kissing the backside, as this was thought to be the ultimate act of degradation.
Witches were thought to give the devil the kiss of shame at the beginning of sabbat after the devil read out the names of his followers, it is thought that the kiss was required as initiation and then the kiss would be followed by a large feast.
The five fold kiss
The five fold kiss is another form of ritual greeting which involved kissing five parts of the body, it was performed during specific ceremonies and rites such as hand fasting which was a contemporary tradition for witches. The fivefold kiss would always be performed within a magic circle and was thought it was symbolic to the homage the god and goddess paid to each other; each kiss was then accompanied by a blessing.
There have been many witchcraft trials throughout time with perhaps the most famous being the Salem witch trials. A witch trial was legal action that was taken against any persons being accused of being a witch, in Europe witch trials began around 1450 and continued until around the mid 18th century.
During this period of time, it wasn't unusual for many innocent people to be accused of practicing witchcraft and worshipping the devil. Accusations of harmful intent, malicious and satanic witchcraft were taken very seriously and many people were tortured, imprisoned and executed during this period of time. It is thought that around 100,000 people were executed for practicing witchcraft at this time and many more were accused but not executed.
In order to try the witches at the witch trials there was first the witch-hunt, this involved searching for evidence of witchcraft with witch-hunts being practiced throughout the world. Witch-hunts still occur in modern times in many various communities where religion condemns the practice of witchcraft.
The actual evidence needed to condemn a witch varied widely from country to country but accusations were frequently made after gossip, the actual conviction could only be made after a confession and this was usually brought about by means of torture which involved extremely violent methods.
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