Whatever indigenous/pagan beliefs and practicesmay really have existed in Macbeth's Scotland,the "witches" of the play are obviously there for their role inMacbeth's fictionalized story.
On the other hand, Macbeth seems -- from the play's bloody beginning --to be one of many thugsin a society in which power is gained and maintained bykilling other thugs, and where loyalty is at best provisional.
You decide.)Other movie adaptations include "Joe Macbeth" and "Men of Respect" -- bothgangster tales, a contemporary version from India calledMaqbool (link is down),and "Throne of Blood", a classic samurai version.
In Macbeth, Shakespeare sets the themes of seduction, ambition, and deception amid a correlating backdrop, whether you are giving chase on a battlefield, standing in foul weather, or seeing apparitions of bloody daggers we sense danger from the opening act....