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Program to explore history of women healers

October 30, 1997

Tonight, from 7:30 to 9:30 at Cumberland Valley Healing Arts Center, 123 S. Second St. in Chambersburg, Pa., Alanna Hartzok, the center's trans- personal counselor and psychotherapist, will present a program titled "Witches, Midwives and Nurses."

She will explore the history of women healers, their persecution and repression and the impact this has had on the psyche of women today.

Women were the healers - the wise women, herbalists, counselors, midwives and storytellers, in the pre-Christian villages of Europe, Hartzok says.

She cites political upheaval - church-state power struggles - as a force in their persecution during the 14th to 18th centuries.

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The period has been called "the burning time" or "the Women's Holocaust," Hartzok says.

According to some historians, about 300,000 women were put to death for witchcraft from 1484 to 1782.

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For information on the program, call 1-717-263-2820.

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