Like so much else today, witches have gotten complicated. In the past they were easy to spot, with their green skin and long fingernails, their conical hats and cauldrons and cackling.
Nowadays, any tour of a witch attraction might include witches as the tourists -- modern witches who run the gamut from nature-channelers to voodoo princesses. So be respectful, even as you keep track of your hair and other charm-potential personal items....
Historic witches make for good tourism, with attraction hubs in Salem, Massachusetts, and New Orleans, Louisiana. The Salem witches are of classic New England stock, spacey children or eccentric mid-wives earmarked for destruction in one way or another.
Their modern-day appeal spills over into adjacent states, with an occasional cursed grave and oops-sorry-about-that memorial.
New Orleans witch traditions hail from the tropics, and have their own spooky luggage of rituals and weird-looking roots, like the one that enchanted Captain Kirk in Star Trek (to conjure an ancient yet powerful pop culture reference...).
The Skeptic says:
The Believer says:
Vampires and zombies on one side of the family, shamans and nature-healers on the other.
Shape-shifting, flying at night, casting spells and curses.
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