En 05d Evildoers

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    5d. Punishments for Evildoers

    [043] These are punishments for the vilest malefactors:[1]

    1. Anyone who, out of wrath, sets the red rooster upon the house of another is no Frya;[2] he is the product of whoredom with adulterate blood. If he is caught in the act, he must be thrown into the fire. He may flee if he can, but shall nowhere be safe from the avenging hand.

    2. No true Frya shall gripe or gossip over his neighbor’s faults. If his misbehavior effects himself only and is not a threat to others, then let him be his own judge. Should he become so defective that he presents a menace, the case must be brought before the aldermen. But if anyone accuses another behind his back, instead of going to the aldermen, he is an evildoer. He must be tied to the pillory in the marketplace so that the young folk may spit on him. After this, he is to be banished — but not to the tin mines because, even there, a slanderer is to be feared.[3]

    3. If there would ever be someone so evil as to betray us to the enemy, revealing paths and passages so that they can reach our places of refuge or sneak into them by night, he can only be sprung of Finda’s blood. He should be burned. The steersmen should take his mother and all his relatives to a distant island [044] and there scatter his ashes, so that no poisonous herbs may sprout from them here. The maidens must curse his name in all our towns,[4] so no child is ever again called by that name and adults who already have that name may change it.

    Notes

    1. ‘vilest malefactors’ (HORNINGA) — lit.: illegitimate children, bastards. Here, seems to denote that these crimes prove someone is not a 'true Frya', or give cause for shunning.
    2. ‘the red rooster’ (THENE RÁDA HÔNE) — fire (expression).
    3. ‘slanderer’ (ÉRERÁWER) — lit.: ‘honor-stealer’.
    4. ‘curse’ (UTSPÉJA) — lit.: ‘spit out’.

    Sandbach 1876

    [p.63 cont.] These are the Rules Concerning Bastards.

    1. If any man sets fire to another's house, he is no Frisian, he is a bastard. If he is caught in the act, he must be thrown into the fire; and wherever he may flee, he shall never be secure from the avenging justice.

    2. No true Frisian shall speak ill of the faults of his neighbours. If any man injures himself, but does no harm to others, he must be his own judge; but if he becomes so bad that he is dangerous to others, they must bring it before the count. But if instead of going to the count a man accuses another behind his back, he must be put on the pillory in the market-place, and then sent out of the country, but not to the tin mines, because even there a backbiter is to be feared.

    3. If any man should prove a traitor and show to our enemies the paths leading to our places of refuge, or creep into them by night, he must be the offspring of Finda; he must be burnt. The sailors must take his mother and all his relations to a desolate island, and there scatter his ashes, in order that no poisonous herbs may spring from them. The maidens must curse his name in all the states, in order that no child may be called by his name, and that his ancestors may repudiate him.


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