General - A woman with supernatural powers. Derived from some evil spirit. These beings are said to have two pupils in each eye and the power of flight, sometimes riding on a broomstick or besom. Others say that the witch was a vampire who fed on human flesh and particularly that of new-born babies. Many convicted of witchcraft were burned at the stake. It was said that a witch could shed only three tears (always from her left eye), had a birthmark in her armpit or under her nose and had poisonous spittle so that a bite from a witch was fatal. In Africa, witches are said to ride hyaenas by night; other say that they can become hyaenas at will. On occassion, identified as witch, cunning woman, cunning woman, malewarlock or malewarlock.

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