• While the water test for witchcraft was supposed to determine whether one was guilty of being a witch, the accused often found the test deadly regardless of the findings. Many of the tests involved the accused being bound (legs and hands tied), and sometimes being placed in a bag that had been tied at the end, before being tossed into the water. Unfortunately, if the accused was fortunate enough to float, they were "guilty" of being a witch. If they sank, they were found innocent, but often drowned before anyone could get them out of the water.
• Legend says that witches are also unable to cross running water, such as in a stream, river, or brook (see box)
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