"Those who practice witchcraft today in the West believe they are following a certain art form that was on the verge of dying out. They focus on positive magic or healing techniques," said Hagen.
Beyond the relatively limited circle of Wiccans, witchcraft is also benefiting from the Harry Potter effect, the bestseller series written by British author JK Rowling.
The adventures of the apprentice sorcerer, which have been translated into 64 languages and sold more than 325 million copies, and television shows like "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" and "Charmed", have pushed the once-occult practice into the entertainment sphere.
"The Harry Potter phenomenon shows that there are also positive, and not only malicious, forces in sorcery and that innocent magic can be a good thing," Leinonen said.
Experts from Australia, Britain, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the United States will take part in the Vardoe conference.
The meeting will primarily focus on three themes: "Witchcraft in Literature and History", "Torture, Persecutions and Human Rights" and "Witches, Shamans and Demons."Page: 1 2 Related medicine news :1
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