Yesterday I visited Cartagena’s Spanish Inquisition Museum, housed in the same building the Inquisition took place. The Inquisition in Cartagena had jurisdiction over the Caribbean region, the two other inquisitions in the Americas were in Lima and Mexico City.
While in Spain the Inquisition was primarily focused on recent Christian converts from Judaism or Islam (the charge being they were secretly practicing their old religion), the Inquisition in the Americas focused mainly on native (Indian) converts, but also Witchcraft.
If you found yourself accused of Witchcraft by the Inquisition in the 17th century, you could be expected to be asked the following questions as the Inquisitor spills your guts out:
1. Since when have you been a witch?
2. Why did you become a witch?
3. How did you become a witch and what happened on that occasion?
4. Whom did you choose as your partner?
5. What is his/her name?
6. What is the name of your master amongst the evil spirits?
7. Which is the oath that you have had to render to him?
8. How and under what terms have you done it?
9. What fingers did you have to rise?
10. Where did you celebrate your wedding?
11. What demons and people attended your wedding?
12. What foods did you eat?
13. How was it served on the table?
14. Were you also sitting down at the table?
15. What kind of music was played? What were the dances? Did not you dance?
16. Who was assigned as your partner at the ceremony?
17. What mark did your partner make you on your body?
18. What evils have you caused? To whom and How?
19. Why did you cause this evil?
20. How can it be remedied?
21. What kind of herbs, potions, and other means, can be used to cure the curse?
22. To which children have you cast the spell of the “evil eye” and why have you done it?
23. What animals have you killed or put under a curse? And why have you done it?
24. Who are your associates for/in evil?
25. Why does the devil strike you blows at night?
26. How do you compose/prepare your ointment or witches’ brew?
27. How can you fly through the air?
28. What words do you pronounce when you fly?
29. Are you flying so fast?
30. Who has taught you to fly?
31. What worms and caterpillars/slugs have you created?
32. What do you use to make these harmful/noxious animals (worms and caterpillars/slugs) and how are they created?
33. Has put the devil a bow/ribbon on/to your curses/oaths?
Here are some pictures from the inside of the museum:
Americans have waterboarding, the Spaniards had this
Use your imagination here
Acupuncture therapy for heretics
Insert both hands here…
Inquisitors had their share of annoying paperwork to fill out
This guy had a bad day
Scale used to test witches
Unsure what this is
The gallows. A tourist favorite! Look closely and you can see the noose
Tomorrow I go to the deep, deep Amazon jungle. Hopefully soon I will have some wildlife pictures of some sort.