Paraphernalia combating witchcraft one hundred years ago

From south Devon, this collection illustrates the concern locals had for the influence of witchcraft in their lives and communities. It includes several amulets from the early 1900s worn to ward off witches and evil spirits. Local news reports in this area and beyond still occasionally reflect such influences today. Rural areas seem more susceptible to the powers of myth and folklore. Throughout human history people have been interested in the supernatural, and world religions bear witness to the influence of faith in the lives of people and communities, and the importance of religion to the current world scene. Inevitably the media more often focus on news stories concerning religious conflict rather than the cooperation between faith communities. In Warrington, the Council of Faiths has, for a decade, worked for better mutual understanding and explored how faith groups can contribute to the well being of the town.