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Bonfires of Modernity: Edinburgh Demonologists, Witches and Wizards
We are a group of independent historians and anthropologists who love to travel around the world telling esoteric stories. We invite you to discover our magical activities and itineraries to share a different way of traveling.
During the 16th and 17th centuries, Europe was engulfed in a wave of persecutions, hysteria and superstition. Thousands of women were designated as witches for transgressing the system they inhabited and executed on the charge of witchcraft . Many had knowledge of medicine, were skilled politicians or knew how to manage their finances . Scotland was no exception and in this tour we will tell you how the process impacted Edinburgh, learning about the origins of the Witch Hunt ; the North Berwick trials that inspired Shakespeare to write Macbeth ; King James and his studies in demonology ; about some witches who gave life to characters from the Outlander series and much more.
We will walk through the alleys of the Royal Mile , as well as Calton Hill to learn about the symbology of bonfires and the role of the Presbyterian John Knox . At the same time, we will learn about some occultists and we will end in the vicinity of the castle to learn about the end of a historical process that claimed thousands of innocent lives.
What are we going to visit?
- Royal Mile
- Bakehouse Close Passage
- Calton Hill
- Edinburgh Castle (exteriors)
- St. Giles Cathedral (exteriors)
- Tolbooth Tavern
And much more!
Bring comfortable shoes to climb Calton Hill.
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What will we visit on this tour?
Meeting point:Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, UKCanongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, UK
I will be at the entrance to Holyrood Palace wearing a witch's hat or galley and a black and purple umbrella.
1Outside visitHolyrood Palace
3Outside visitRoyal Mile
4Outside visitCastle Street
5Outside visitCalton Hill
How much does this tour cost?
Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).
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