Witchcraft is a practice of magic that encompasses many different types of activities including astrology, divination, spell casting, and spirit communication. It includes the practices of many cultures, nations and religions as well as many books and writings from ancient times. The practice of witchcraft infuses its practitioners, known as witches, with remarkable paranormal abilities such as move objects without touching them (telekinesis), kill at a distance via strange rituals etc. In popular culture, witchcraft is the supposed art of black magic associated with the Devil. Its practitioners have been persecuted and executed for centuries by the Christian Church.