Talk:Witch of Endor
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Should the article explain that Endor is a location in Palestine-Israel?--Connection 01:05, 10 June 2006 (UTC)
Definitely the woman was surprised that Samuel answered. It gives the impression she didnt expect him. All the analysis to shearch for other reasons is unnecessary. Otherwise the article needs citations. The reference, at Jewish Encyclopedia, ascribe her surprise "to his rising [Samuel] in an unusual way—upright, not, as she expected, in a horizontal position". Does any source indicate the dead should be summoned "upright"?--Connection 01:05, 10 June 2006 (UTC)
The passage in the Bible text describing the appearance has curious grammer (changing from plural to singular). Any explanation?--Connection 01:05, 10 June 2006 (UTC)
What's with the arbitrary speculation at the bottom of the article? So now wikipedia can read J.R.R Tolkein's and George Lucas's minds? Care to furnish us with a source for those arbitrary claims?
- Yeah, I'd take that out. I don't think we can assume that Endor relates to the witch of endor. Borisblue 04:12, 22 February 2007 (UTC)
Is this a typo?
In Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Alec d'Urberville cries out to her, "You temptress, Tess, you dear damned witch of Babylon!" The witch of Babylon being another way of saying the Witch of Endor, though the expression died out and went back to Babylon later in the 19th century.
Should Babylon be replaced with Endor? Meaning it would read: The witch of Babylon being another way of saying the Witch of Endor, though the expression died out and went back to Endor later in the 19th century.--ShadowDx (talk) 21:45, 26 January 2010 (UTC)
"Witch of Babylon" has nothing to do with Endor and everything to do with the Whore of Babylon (qv.).
I was reading All-Star Comics #3 (the first appearance of the Justice Society) and I noticed that, during the part featuring Doctor Fate he was briefly attacked by the "three witches of Endor" which threw a "smoke arrow" at him. Do you think we should mention or not, since it only appears for about two panels in a single issue? After all, consider that this a very famous issue due to the creation of the first superhero team. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 16:57, 13 April 2008 (UTC)
Popular culture references
I've always been dubious about the relevance of these sections in articles, and some seem to attract them like a magnet. Ive just removed a selection from here. I did this either because they were very brief and lacking in detail (eg the TV miniseries) or because they were simply about a fictional character who had been given the same name - not the actual biblical witch of the article (eg the baddie on the Ewoks' planet in Star Wars!) I have left in one reference which is not to the biblical witch, that is the Hornblower one. I admit this is partly because of personal feelings; I'm a great CS Forester fan. But I can rationalise it that it's a fairly long-lived reference, unlike some of the more transient, modern ones. I'm copying below a section from the project page on such sections. I do think my deletions are in line with this but of course I'm happy to discuss. Project page material follows:
Many articles about subjects with broad cultural impact have sections titled "In popular culture," "Cultural references," or "In fiction," which exclusively contain references to the subject in popular culture. When these sections become lengthy, some Wikipedians spin them off into separate articles to keep main articles short.
When properly written, such sections can positively distinguish Wikipedia from more traditional encyclopedias. They should be verifiable and should contain facts of genuine interest to the reader. Detailing a topic's impact upon popular culture can be a worthwhile contribution to an article, provided that the content is properly sourced and consistent with policies and guidelines, such as neutral point of view, no original research, and what Wikipedia is not.
When poorly written or poorly maintained, however, these sections can devolve into indiscriminate collections of trivia or cruft. They should be carefully maintained, as they may attract non-notable entries, especially if they are in list format.