What the hell: Satanic Temple opens headquarters in Salem, Massachusetts

satanic-templeThe Satanic Temple, which proclaims itself to be the world’s largest satanic organization, opens its new international headquarters in Salem, Massachusetts on Friday. Artists Mark Porter and Chris P. Andres showcased some of their works at the Satanic Temple headquarters.

Now the Satanic organization, which uses Lucifer as a symbol of rebellion, are taking their office of the occult to the city where 20 so-called sorcerers were put to death during the Salem Witch Trials in the late 1690s.

The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. The trials resulted in the executions of twenty people, fourteen of them women, and all but one by hanging. Five others (including two infant children) died in prison.

Twelve other women had previously been executed in Massachusetts and Connecticut during the 17th century. Despite being generally known as the Salem Witch Trials, the preliminary hearings in 1692 were conducted in several towns: Salem Village (now Danvers), Salem Town, Ipswich, and Andover. The most infamous trials were conducted by the Court of Oyer and Terminer in 1692 in Salem Town.

The episode is one of the Colonial America’s most notorious cases of mass hysteria. It has been used in political rhetoric and popular literature as a vivid cautionary tale about the dangers of isolationism, religious extremism, false accusations, and lapses in due process.

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