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The Gaelic Maundeville (Author: John Maundeville)

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And the god that others have in that country, half of it is in the likeness of a man and half of it is in the likeness of an ox, and the Devil speaks to them therein. Men there often kill their children before that god and sprinkle their blood as an offering around it. And when a man dies in that country his body is burnt lest he should suffer pain from the worms


eating him in the ground. And his wife, if she have no children, shall be burnt alive with him; but if she have children, she is left beside them without burning. And in like wise they do to the man when his wife dies, unless the wife forbids him to go to death to her. They say that what they had in life they must have in the other world.