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The woman who became a witch-pricker

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Witch-prickers are the stuff of horror films. A man in the tall hat and the dark cloak of a Puritan who comes to town to terrorise helpless women. But what if the witch-pricker was actually a woman in disguise? In Scotland, in 1662, that's exactly what happened.

A woman named Christian Caddell had watched one of Scotland's most famous witch-prickers at work, and thought 'I could do that!'

There was one problem: at this time most normal jobs were men only.

This was an extraordinary job. But by dressing as a man, she got away with it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...otland-20315106

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Thats religion for ya! the christians used to chuck the pagan women in the water, if she floated she was a witch, so they burned her alive, but if she sank, she was not a witch...but drowned.

Thankfully this practice and practices like stoning are no longer in use, well, in most religions anyway.

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Oh the job opportunities of yesteryear.

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