Danielle StemenProf. PresnellEngl. 110313 Mar. 2013
Wicca ProposalInquiry question:
What are the beliefs of Wiccans and why is this type of spirituality depicted as satanicby the public?
To exploreI will be exploring the different aspects that make up a Wiccan
is it a religion, a way of
life… I am not really sure exactly what it means to be Wiccan. Do these people actually consider
themselves to be witches? Where did the beliefs originate from? How have they progressedover time? They are usually portrayed as very evil and dark in movies/books/pop culture, whichhas always attracted me to the topic. I am drawn to potions and spells and magic and scarythings. However, when meeting an actual Wiccan in public, many seem to be very kind and very
I will probably focus on revealing that practicing Wicca does not automaticallymake you a worshipper of Satan or an evil person. I will explore why pop culture tries to makeWiccans seem evil, when their religion focuses on the exact opposite.
Prior beliefs, assumptions, stereotypes:
The stereotypes of Wiccans are precisely what I will be exploring. Like I said, I have always
assumed that these “witches”, so to speak, are malicious, satanic beings.
When I think of a Wiccan, I
immediately think of a scene in the movie “Baby Mama”. Couples and their surrogate mothers are in acounseling meeting. One of the couple’s surrogates happens to be Wiccan. Dressed head to toe in black,
wearing dark lipstick, dark hair (very stylish, I might add), the girl wears a blank expression throughoutthe whole scene. People around her seem uneasy and frightened by her, and while it is very amusing, I
have always been skeptical. I am not really sure if all Wiccans are so “dark”. Then again, I could b
completely wrong. I think one factor may be “dark” people’s attraction to Wicca, making it fashionableor interesting to take it up, and that may be why so many Wiccans act that certain way. I don’t really
know. I know that Wiccans have stores, pagan shops, etc. I think I could find some people rummagingaround those kinds of stores that I could interview/get to know, in order to get a better, more personalunderstanding of the subject. I would love to learn about the practices, beliefs they have. Do theyactually worship Satan or do some still believe in a god? It would be extremely interesting to find out.