Julius Caesar on THE WICKER MAN

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I just read an interesting little passage; which, I believe, Anthony Shaffer used in researching The Wicker Man.

"The whole of the Gallic nation is much given to religious practices. For this reason those who are afflicted with serious illness and those who are involved in battles and danger either offer human sacrifice or vow that they will do so, and employ the druids to manage these sacrifices. For they believe that unless one human life is offered for another the power and presence of the immortal gods cannot be propitiated. They also hold state sacrifices of a similar kind. Some of them use huge images of the gods, and fill their limbs, which are woven from wicker, with living people. When these images are set on fire the people inside are engulfed in flames and killed. They believe that the gods are more pleased by such punishments when it is inflicted upon those who are caught engaged in theft or robbery or other crimes; but if there is a lack of people of this kind, they will even stoop to punishing the guiltless."

Julius Caesar -- The Gallic War, 6.17.



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Hello Alfronso..'Tis spookee here...
just reading your little passage..very interesting... I liked that film of course, and it was great to watch it all over again having forgotten alot about it from years ago..did you enjoy that film!?
Very spookeeeee...felt so sorry for poor Edward..horrid thing to happen to you isn't it!?
it seems to me that the film is a mixture of 'cult' behaviour blended with a touch of the occult within it.. however I enjoyed it anyway..
Bye for now,
Spookee x:1devil:



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Quote:

...They believe that the gods are more pleased by such punishments when it is inflicted upon those who are caught engaged in theft or robbery or other crimes; but if there is a lack of people of this kind, they will even stoop to punishing the guiltless."...

Interesting indeed! And obviously, based upon the phraseology of the final sentence, written by an unbeliever!

Doug

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