Sunday, September 13, 2009

Best Oath Ever?

The subject of oaths and alternative oaths can make for an interesting evidence class. But the 19th century Burmese oath linked at Lowering the Bar is much better than any oaths modern Americans have attempted to use in court. It is almost 400 words long, it is filled with statements like "In the midst of not speaking truth, may I be taken with vomiting clotted black blood, and suddenly die before the assembled people," it lists various animals that should attack the untruthful, and it ends with a tea ceremony.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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