The Bizarre Tale of ‘Sin-Eaters’

Illustration of a sin-eater who was offered bread and ale placed on the chest of the corpse to absorb all the sins of the deceased.
Source-Public Domain

Richard Munslow, who died in 1906 in Shropshire, UK is recorded to be the last sin-eater. Unlike many of the people who practiced this bizarre custom for trifling remuneration, Munslow came from a wealthy family. He resurrected this practice when three of his young…

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