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In Germany, Facing The Cruel Legacy Of Witch Hunts

After piecing together history from nearly 400 years ago, Cologne's city council has identified and "rehabilitated" 38 men, women and children who were tortured and executed in the hysteria of both Catholic and Protestant inquis

Cologne's Roman Catholic cathedral dates back to the 13th century (Latente)
Cologne's Roman Catholic cathedral dates back to the 13th century (Latente)
Claudia Becker

COLOGNE - She was smart, influential, held in high esteem. And she didn't see why she had to put up with the rumors that were circulating about her. People said that Katharina Henot, a Cologne patrician, had made a pact with the devil. She was a loose woman and a trouble maker. Not only had she infested a nunnery with caterpillars, she had made a number of local citizens sick -- and her evil magic could even kill.

The widow Henot, who was the daughter and heiress of imperial postmaster Jakob Henot, wasn't going to take it anymore. In August 1626 she wrote a letter in her own defense to the Cologne Vicar General and Electorate commissioners and warned the nuns at the cloister who were spreading vile things about her, as well as others who had denounced her, that she would take legal steps.

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Urban Indigenous: How Peru's Shipibo-Conibo Keep Amazon Culture Alive In The City

For four years, indigenous photographer David Díaz Gonzales has documented the lives and movements of his Shipibo-Conibo community, as many of them migrated from their native Peruvian Amazon to the city. A work of remembrance and resistance.

For Shipibo-Conibo women, sporting a fringe is usually a sign of celebration or ceremony.

Rosa Chávez Yacila

YARINACOCHA — It was decades ago when the Shipibo-Conibo left their settlements along the banks of the Ucayali River, in eastern Peru, to begin a great migration to the cities. Still among the largest Amazonian communities in Peru — 32,964 according to the Ministry of Culture — though most Shipibo-Conibo now live in the urban district of Yarinacocha.

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