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Hysteria

When was the last time you heard gossip and believed it, even spread it? When was the last time you read tabloids and shared the news you’ve read as if it were straight from the source? When was the last time you believed in something without actually ever seeing it occur with your own two eyes?

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Recently, I was lucky enough to travel to Salem, Massachuesetts and explore this beautiful area of New England whilst delving into its rich history. Though no actual witches ever really inhabited the land so well-known for them, hundreds of years ago the villagers believed in them, simply from hearsay. In 1692-1693, unexplained events, gossip, accusations, slander and naysayers all contributed to the convictions and demise of 21 innocent victims during the Salem Witch Trials.

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I don’t have six fingers as this picture depicts, though I love this specter version of me!

One such victim was Rebecca Nurse, a pious and elderly woman of the time. I had the privilege of visiting her still standing Homestead and wandered about the impressive acreage of land. As I walked around and danced in the field, I couldn’t believe such a serene landscape, with the sunset’s glistening rays bathing the bare winter trees, could ever be the locale of such chaos.

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tag_salemwitchtrials_1422087129According to Patrick, I’m as scary as Scary Spice.

 Though today we no longer partake in physically hanging the victims of the rumor mill, a hanging of sorts certainly takes place. We are all guilty of this, therefore proving not much has changed in over 300 years. I dare us all to prove that these victims did not die in vain. Speak kindly and with love. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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I’m rocking a Club Monaco wool headband, vintage fox fur coat and wool snakeskin print dress, Betsey Johnson leather belt, and Marc Jacobs Oxblood boots.

Photography by my homies Patrick Kendall and Moniere Noor at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead

Posted by Olga Turka at 2015/02/13 8:27 PM No Comments
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