By: Norbert Sykes Re: Brehon Laws I just wanted to post something that I consider relevant

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By: Norbert Sykes Re: Brehon Laws I just wanted to post something that I consider relevant to the movement in (I believe it was) Tennessee to force the posting of the Decalogue/10 Commandments of the Old Testament in public places, private houses, or whatever. To me, if there was to be equal treatment under the law, then we would have to post the laws of other cultures that contributed to this country, religious or otherwise. That way, everyone would know how to act. My contribution: the Brehon laws. They are the laws of what became the Celts, and some of them are estimated to date to over 3,000 years before the Celts were invaded by the English. There are very many of them, and I only have a short list, so here goes: Every third year roads must be cleared of brambles, brush, weeds & water to make ready for the great assembly, feast/fair [where every three years the Brehons assembled to render judgement on matter of great import rather than individual cases]. The creditor who holds your brooch, necklaces & rings as security for your pledge must return them back to you to wear at the great assembly [or be fined for your humiliation]. (freedom of) Speech is given to three: the Historian Bard for relating tales, the Poet Bard for praise and satire, & the Brehon for rendering judgement. The time allotted to each Brehon for rendering judgement is long or short depending on his dignity [or status]. In determining the length of speech he is allowed 18 breathings per minute [early filibuster control]. When a judge deviates from the truth a blotch will appear on his face. For the best arable land the price is 24 cows. The price for dry, course land is 12 dry cows. How many thing add to the price of a piece of land? A wood, a mine, site of a mill, a highway, a road, a great sea, river, mountain, river falling into the sea, a cool pond for cattle. Add three cows to the price if it's near a chieftian's house or monastery. For stripping the bark off an oak tree, enough to tan a pair of women's shoes, the fine is one cow-hide. The defendant must cover the bruise with a mixture of wet clay, new milk, & cow dung. If a man takes a woman off a horse, into the wood or on a boat and if the family members are present they must object in writing within 24 hours or no fine will be paid. If a woman makes an assignation with a man to come to her bed or behind a bush the man is not guilt of rape even if she screams. If she has not agree to the meeting, however, he is guilty as soon as she screams. The groom shall pay a bride-price of cattle, land, horses, gold, silver, to the Father of the bride. Husband and wife retain individual rights to property, goods and possessions each bring to the marriage. If a pregnant women craves a morsel of food and her husband withholds it through stinginess, meanness or neglect he must pay a fine. The husband who, though listless, does not go to his wife in her bed must pay a fine. A fine of 6 cows for breaking a tribesman's two front teeth; 12 heifers for maiming a homeless man. For pulling off the hairs of a virgin Bishop one yearling for each 20 hairs. The doctor shall build his house over a running stream. His house must not be slovenly or smeared with the tracks of snails. It must have four doors that open out so the patient may be seen from every side. No fools, drunks or female scolds are allowed in the doctor's house when a patient is healing there. No bad news to be brought or talking across the bed. No grunting pigs or barking dogs outside. If the doctor heals your wound but breaks it anew because of carelessness, neglect or lack of skill the doctor must return his fee and pay damages if he has further wounded you. Whoever comes to your house you must feed and care for him no questions asked. It is illegal to give someone food in which a dead weasel or mouse has been found. The Bard who over charges for his poem shall be stripped of half his rank in society. If your neighbor does not repay the debt he owes you, you may prevent him form going about his daily business. A withe-tie (for all to see) goes around the blacksmith anvil, carpenter's axe or tree-fellers hatchet. He is on his honor to do no work until the debt is settled or wrong righted. If a Bard or physician is the debtor immobilize his horse whip for both ride their circuits. The creditor may fast in front of the debtor's house to humiliate him until the debt is paid. [a withe is a flexible strip of willow] If a rational adult bring a simpleton into an ale house for amusement and the simpleton injures a patron the adult who brought him must make compensation. The fine for killing a bond servant or slave held as pledge for a debt is 21 cows, for a free farmer of Erin 42 cows, for a noble 42 cows plus an additional amount depending on his status. Fines are doubled for malice aforethought. Three days is the stay of your cattle in the pound for a quarrel in the ale-house, injury of thy chief, overworking a valuable horse, maiming their chained dog, disturbing a fair, great assembly, striking or violating thy wife. Five days for satirizing a man after his death. A layman may drink 6 pints of ale with his dinner but a monk only three so he is sober when prayer time arrives. Blush fine are payable for insults or embarrassments to all persons of every rank except the ne'er-do-well, squanderer, selfish man who thinks only of himself, the buffoon who distorts himself before crowds, & the professional satirist. The blacksmith must rouse all sleeping customers before he puts the iron in the fire to guard against injury from sparks. Those who fall asleep again will receive no compensation. If a chip of wood flies from carpenter's axe he is not held liable unless he deliberately aimed the chip at the bystander. The mill owner is exempt from liability for injury to persons caught between the mill-stones. . . . There, I think those should be posted on every Church around the country myself. Some of them make an awful lot of sense, IMHO. };) ... "Always Ask the Next Question!" --Theodore Sturgeon --- Blue Wave/Max v2.12 [NR] * Origin: >> Ubik: Another goddamn BBS << (1:203/289.0)


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