The witches

strega-02The word witch comes from the Latin strix , striga , nocturnal bird that was believed to suck the blood of children in the crib and transmit their own lips the poison milk . For these characteristics, the first name witch showed women believed responsible for abortions and infanticide, as well as beings capable of charms and bills so powerful to bend the will of the people as they please. They were old women, hunched, with a long hooked nose and eyes bleary , who wore large wigs and hats as well as gloves to mask the long and dirty nails. Very attached to the devil they met during the Sabbath, witches moved thanks to a flying broom and were able to turn into animals, first of all blacks cats, bats and crows.