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« on: September 19, 2010, 02:02:23 AM »
Last 'sin-eater' to be celebrated with church service

The Reverend Norman Morris will lead the service for Richard Munslow The restored grave of the last known "sin-eater" in England will be at the centre of a special service in a Shropshire village churchyard later.

Campaigners raised 1,000 to restore the grave of Richard Munslow, who was buried in Ratlinghope in 1906.

Sin-eaters were generally poor people paid to eat bread and drink beer or wine over a corpse, in the belief they would take on the sins of the deceased.

Frowned upon by the church, the custom mainly died out in the 19th Century.

It was prevalent in the Marches, the land around the England-Wales border, and in north Wales, but was rarely carried out anywhere else.

Believers thought the sin-eater taking on the sins of a person who died suddenly without confessing their sins would allow the deceased's soul to go to heaven in peace.

While most of the sin-eaters were poor people or beggars, Mr Munslow was a well-established farmer in the area
 
Mr Morris said: "It was a very odd practice and would not have been approved of by the church but I suspect the vicar often turned a blind eye to the practice."

Locals began the collection to restore the grave, which had fallen into disrepair in recent years, believing it would be good to highlight the custom and Mr Munslow's place in religious history.

It took a few months to raise the 1,000 needed to pay for the work, carried out by local stonemason Charles Shaw.

Mr Morris said: "This grave at Ratlinghope is now in an excellent state of repair but I have no desire to reinstate the ritual that went with it."

The service, which begins at 1600 BST, is open to all.




Article from BBC website.

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Re: sin eaters
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2010, 05:45:30 PM »
This ritual has always fasinated me. That is really neat that they are restoring his grave. I wonder why this graveyard was in disrepair to begin with?
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Re: sin eaters
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2010, 02:42:50 PM »
Sin eating... sign me up! Wait... England? Nevermind there's no way I'm going to be able to make it but could you post pictures of it for me?
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Re: sin eaters
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2010, 08:42:43 AM »
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