Threats of witchcraft weren't taken lightly, think about the Salem Witchcraft Trials in the US. In Romania as well as other parts of Europe, they had a method for determine if someone was a witch. This was called "putting on the scales" It was a commonly held belief that a witch would weigh much less than it appeared they weighed. Of course this was a system that could be easily and readily abused. Many people were tortured as a result. But, often they were weighed against a bible, and let's face it, what adult weighs less than a bible?!?
Some towns saw a way to raise profits from this. For a small fee a person could be weighed (voluntarily) and then receive a certificate to verify that they were indeed human and not a witch or follower of Satan. This practice was so successful, that some towns had a backlog of people waiting to be weighed!
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