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Oddly enough though, the book gave rise to what would become one of the premier events when the modern Witch Games were started up again in the late 18 th century in Coventry, England: crying. Malleus was adamant that, in prosecuting witch trials, women who did not cry were automatically assumed to be witches. Crying became a natural defense to a charge of witchery and in an ironic tweaking of the nose, witches morphed it into an esteemed practice.
Sadly, the modern Games were a mere shadow of their ancient forebears. They fell into steep decline with the advent of strong nation states. Witches who were happy to compete on their own suddenly became representatives of their respective countries. Nations sought false honour in the successes of their resident witches. Seeking an edge, some resorted to subsidizing witches so they could spend all their time training for the Games instead of going about their witchy ways and training in their spare time.
But the real downfall came when the Witch Games caught the eye and imagination of early transnational businessmen. "Hey, we can make a pretty pound off this," they cried. And soon, the Witch Games were more about national pride and money than about the ever-popular sport of, for example, baking children.
And so it goes. Witches today reduced to mere Halloween props, ha!