ABSTRACT

Burning someone alive became the worst of punishments. As mentioned, it was used for abominable crimes, especially those, like male homosexuality and heresy, that involved breaking the order created by God. Witchcraft would be added to these when it was presented explicitly as collaboration with the devil against God. However, this kind of application of death penalty was unequally distributed, so it always trapped the lower social sectors. Death on the pyre adopted the same formulae all over the country, and there was a specific scenario from start to finish, when all that remained were the ashes.