Re: Orlanthi and looting of the dead.

From: Jeff <richaje_at_cpOnHBcmsTjd2ecnyVHnojNTV6dYqFjJVt-YbBLEg9EagbEgwJmiPTd7mZaLT7sxyGZC>
Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2012 12:16:00 -0000

> Law is part of our culture, of course. It can't be any other way, being
> descendants of Romans. But we don't have any famous epic saga related, even
> remotely, to legal stuff and the concept of wergild is alien to us.

Nor does the English world (whose interest in the Icelandic sagas began in the 19th century, not the 13th). However, I assure you, concepts like wergild ("blood money") are not as far removed from Latin culture as you might think.

> Feuds on the other hand are more universal.

See! Now how much does it cost to end a feud, at least for a while? I bet if we look in the right places (say amongst criminal families of Albania and Sicily) we could find something like wergild right now. :D


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