How Much Witchcraft is Accurate in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina?

Lupercalia celebration in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Screenrant says, “Though many of Sabrina‘s magical elements are invented by the writers, several have roots in real mythology. This adds an air of credibility to the show, though sometimes Sabrina misses the mark entirely.” So what’s accurate, and what’s completely made up? Conveniently, Screenrant made a list for us.

Has a basis in actual myth:

  • Lupercalia — based on an ancient Roman fertility festival. Some scholars of Roman history and the ancient Latin language still try to enjoy similar celebrations.
  • Yule Log — based on practices in a number of European countries.
  • Gryla and the Yule Lads — based on Icelandic tradition.
  • Baphomet — it’s not our Baphomet, because the statue isn’t dual-sexed, but it looks a lot like the Satanic Temple’s statue.
  • Lilith — she was Adam’s first bride according to Abrahamic folklore.

Mostly made up:

  • Harrowing — it might have some basis in hazing.
  • Feast of Feasts — we don’t know of any witches who want to devolve into a cannibalistic frenzy.
  • Malum Malus — made up, but might have some basis in Biblical lore.
  • Book of the Beast — not part of witchcraft as we know it, but likely has roots in legends and lore surrounding witch accusations of centuries ago.
  • The Dark Lord — probably modeled after the idea of Satan commanding witches, but not real.

For more details, as well as pretty pictures, see the whole slideshow: Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina: 5 Witch Traditions/Figures Based On Myth (5 That Are Completely Fictional)


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