I am reconsidering an idea I rejected years ago.
New England was a peculiarly fertile ground for a peculiar and intense version of Calvinism, because predetermination is a Christianised version of Norse fatalism. I don’t subscribe to that fully, but I don’t reject it out of hand anymore.
Swedish Luciafest, and dressing children in the cute costumes of grim Norse pagan beliefs. Disney was hardly the first, eh?
From Danes to East Anglia to Puritans. How the grim creatures disappeared in the ocean, but some of the ideas were carried to New England.
My theory unravels some.
Accusation by nature; trial by ordeal; some magics believed in, and some condemned, in Puritan New England.
An actual historian lends support to my theory.