What’s the deal with those pointy hats?
Katy Waldman, author of “Why Do Witches Wear Pointy Hats?” Oct 17, 2013 tells us that “Experts aren’t sure exactly when pointed lids became associated with sorcery… The hat makes the witch, to paraphrase Mark Twain. And yet the story of this particular hat—where it originated, and how it took on its demonic resonance—is a murky one.” I found this an interesting article. Read it if you want to know more.
Here is a case for the argument that the pointy hat was spawned by racism. Well, if that’s the case, I don’t expect many will be truly surprised, saddened, but not surprised.
Assorted sources which I found on the internet speculate that back in Not so Merry Olde England, Alewives (women who made and sold ale on street corners), wore conical hats as they hawked their wares. These ladies were not always popular and apparently, they almost always had cats around to keep the mice from their grain, which they needed to brew their ale. You can see where this is going, right?
One source I found online theorizes that the pointy witches hat might be an adaptation of the “Dunce hat” from Royal courts of the 15th century. This same source states The Church frowned on pointy hats. This article further states there might be some archeological evidence that pointy witch hats date back to the Goddess Diana, who is associated with witchcraft because of an Etruscan coin bearing Diana’s image while she was wearing a pointy hat.