From at least the 1100s to the early 1800s, men and women were judged in courts across Europe and colonial America based on a test called cruentation, or the ordeal of the bier, named for the type of wagon that carried a corpse or coffin.

In such testimony, oozing knife wounds and gushes of blood from the noses and eyes of the deceased were considered proof positive of guilt. –How ‘Talking’ Corpses Were Once Used to Solve Murders by Erika Engelhaupt

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create a superstition around dead bodies for the world of your story.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about dead bodies? Have you ever seen one?

Art Prompt: Talking corpses

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of fortune telling through the use of corpses.

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