Modern Witchcraft and Identifying With the Dead


The modern witchcraft movement is a spiritual activism that began in the UK in the 1950s and spread to the U. S. in the 1970s. According to Starhawk, who is an American leading feminist witch, compared to other spiritual practices, one of the unique traits of this movement in the U. S. is that modern witches are trying to identify with the victims in witch hunts and to “take responsibility for shaping a world in which prejudice claims no more victims.” But how is it possible to identify with the dead who lived in another time and region? This paper shows how contemporary witches, in their practice, identify with the victims in the historical event. In order to reveal this, this paper analyzes artworks by Yumeno Goto, who is known as a modern witch in Japan and does oil painting as an act of modern witchcraft and examine the ways in which Goto fills the gap between depicting the past and saving the today’s people as an artist witch.

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Mayu Yasuda, University of Tsukuba, Japan

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Conference: IICAH2024
Stream: Sexuality

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Yasuda M. (2024) Modern Witchcraft and Identifying With the Dead ISSN: 2432-4604 – The IAFOR International Conference on Arts & Humanities – Hawaii 2024 Official Conference Proceedings
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