Painting of the festival of samhain people mystical creatures dancing in the woods

Anthropology: The Cultural Meaning of Different Halloween Symbols in Society

Each year, Halloween falls on October 31st. In the West, the spooky season we know today came from various religious rituals and ancient festivals. Did you know it’s one of the oldest holidays in the world? In countries like Australia, … Continue reading Anthropology: The Cultural Meaning of Different Halloween Symbols in Society

Anthropology: Witchcraft Beliefs and Practices in Slavic Culture

Anthropologists have been studying witchcraft, magic, and sorcery around the world since the mid-nineteenth century. They found that it involves human encounters with and attempts to communicate and control the supernatural. A large part of anthropological research focuses on the … Continue reading Anthropology: Witchcraft Beliefs and Practices in Slavic Culture

Anthropology: How the Witch Has Become a Symbol of Feminist Rebellion

The witch is a polarizing and powerful figure, and now, women are invoking the witch as a symbol of feminist values. Recently, a viral Tik Tok chain began on the corner of the social media platform called ‘witchtok.’ Modern-day practitioners … Continue reading Anthropology: How the Witch Has Become a Symbol of Feminist Rebellion