Attitudes to witches

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at
Mon Feb 23 15:28:49 EST 2004

--- JOdel at wrote:
> > Who was the first "good witch" in literature? the
> earliest I can think of 
> > is in Baum. Are there any earlier?
> > 
> The question to answer this question is; do you mean
> "witch" as in function, 
> or do you actually require that the character be
> *called* a witch. George 
> McDonald had a couple of them, but carefully never
> called them by that name. There 
> was Irene's
> great-great-however-many-times-great-grandmother,
> and there was 
> the Wise Woman.
I mean Witch, of the riding on broomsticks but in the
case of Good ones probably not sex-with-goats kind. I
accept that wise women are an accepted folklore
tradition, perhaps disguised Goddesses in origin.


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