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  • jgood

    demonic possession…. seriously? yep I guess a pretend ailment is worse than burning alive

  • 5minutes

    So let me get this right… Mother Teresa was an 87-year-old woman whose death was hastened by exorcism and demonic possession… and that’s somehow more violent than being roasted alive in a brazen bull?

    • Agreed that possession doesn’t belong on the list. It was never really confirmed that she was possessed in any case. Working on a replacement.

      • 5minutes

        I’d like to nominate “sawing”. Simon the Zealot and the prophet Isaiah both got to experience this load of fun.

        • Our editor already replaced it but sawing is horrendous. It looks like being sawn in half was not confirmed, but still a possibility for Simon the Zealot: “One tradition states that he traveled in the Middle East and Africa. Christian Ethiopians claim that he was crucified in Samaria, while Justus Lipsius writes that he was sawn in half at Suanir, Persia. However, Moses of Chorene writes that he was martyred at Weriosphora in Caucasian Iberia. Tradition also claims he died peacefully at Edessa.” – Wikipedia.

  • Mother Teresa has been removed and replaced by St. Luke (hanging)

  • ParusMajor

    The Brazen Bull was tested for the first time on the guy who invented it (Perillos of Athens), which is kind of ironic. 🙂

  • fdx

    Well it’s a bit to compare horrifying deaths since most people don’t experience several of those and rarly come back to testify which one was the worst. 🙂
    In any case, i always thought that being Hanged, drawn and quarteredwas probably really awful.

    Couple of things i wanted to mention
    -You can’t compare beheading by a sword or axe with Guillotine, the 1st two were usually pretty painful while the guillotine was conceived to be less painful and more “humane” (as much as a capital punishment can be) way to execute people. Also Guillotine was created at the end of the 18th century so really not the middle ages 🙂

    -I may be wrong but i always read that people condamned to be burned at the stake usually died of asphixiation long before being burned, anyone could confirm.

    • 5minutes

      1. The official guillotine was developed during the 18th Century, it was based on much earlier machines, such as the Scotish Maiden (16th Century) or the Halifax Gibbet (ditto).

      2. People who were burned at the stake died from a variety of ways. People who pleased (aka paid off) the executioner or judicial officials may have had the benefit of being strangled prior to being burned. Otherwise, it would depend on how big the fire was. Big fires meant big smoke meant smoke inhalation. Smaller fires meant less smoke meant sizzling to death via heatstroke, blood loss, or shock. Skilled executioners could make this process last for up to 2 hours. In later years, in England, hangings prior to burning became standard and when that was not possible, the victim would be coated in a chemical to make the process go more quickly.

      • fdx

        Well thanks those explanations.
        BTW my point about the guillotine was mostly that it was conceived during what historians call Modern History, a period of time that starts around renaissance (end of 15th century / beginning of 16 th century); meaning the sentence “Another means of capital punishment in the Middle Ages” to talk about Guillotine doesn’t make sense 🙂

  • Rajimus123

    well Thomas was told that he was welcome to preach to the jews and discuss his religion openly, but when he started preaching that Christ was the only god and the hindu gods were fake…well its like walking into a bull pen, slapping a bull and then blaming it for goring you.

  • Freethinker9761

    A disgusting example of man’s inhumanity to man, also a good example of the harm the religion does to humankind.

  • Clive

    I think number 1 is definitely the worst. But then after that number 10 would be the worst. It’s just disgusting.

  • FMH

    “Fact: The Brazen Bull existed.”
    Fact: It’s not a fact. There’s scarse written evidence. Though it would not be strange that no original bull was ever found since such a large bronze object would be remolten as soon as it had no use anymore.
    Most likely it was -as shown in the picture- a large pot decorated with bull desings, not the complicated device described in ancient death. Boiling someon in a large pot was no completely unknown punishment in Rome.

    • FMH

      greece, not death, of course

  • Dummy

    Great example of what man does to religion! Not the other way around, idiots.