Stiara

In Salentinian Greece, women accused of witchcraft were called stiare.

One of the most common ways to capture stiare was to hang a pair of scissors below a chair where the alleged witch was about to sit. If, after sitting, the woman could not stand up again, she was proved to be a witch.

Materials

chair
scissors

Ethnographers

Giuditta Vendrame

Sources

Mrs Ada
Rocco

1930

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