Do you believe in judgment after death? While superstition still exists today, there used to be a time when it would define the way people carry out rituals, such as the death of a loved one.
The last known sin-eater, Richard Munslow, died in 1906 and was buried in Ratlinghope, England.
strange and macabre tradition of sin-eating has had little recognition
in popular culture, but one episode of Night Gallery showcases the
funeral rite and the terrible psychology that can come along with it.
The episode, called, “The Sins of Our Fathers”, stars Barbara Steele as a
grieving wife, desperate to find a sin-eater to send her husband’s soul
to heaven. The 2003 film, The Order, stars Heath Ledger as a priest
researching the ghastly ritual.
A favorite artist of mine from
Herefordshire, England works under the name Sin Eater; you can see some
of his gorgeous artwork here.
some, hiring a sin-eater was a way to find peace after the death of a
loved one, for others it was a source of disgust and repulsion. Either
way, the tradition did not survive to see the 21st century, and so it
remains in history a strange and fascinating ritual.