maschalismos

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Definition: maschalismos
A practice mentioned in tragedies, which may or may not have been common in real life, of cutting off the extremities of a murder victim and placing them under the corpse's armpits (maschalai). The purpose was probably humiliation, but may have also served to avoid pollution or prevent the corpse from taking vengeance.
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Title maschalismos
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Last UpdatedJanuary 28, 2021
URL religionfacts.com/maschalismos
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MLA Citation “maschalismos.” ReligionFacts.com. 28 Jan. 2021. Web. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021. <religionfacts.com/maschalismos>