Please Don’t Divorce Us

From Flickr:

Send pictures of you and your friends holding signs that say, “Don’t divorce us!” or “Don’t divorce my moms!” or “Don’t divorce my friends, Dawn and Audrey!” or “Don’t divorce Californians!” to pleasedontdivorce@couragecampaign.org. We’ll put all of your pics together in one place and make sure all the right people get the message — the lawyers behind the effort, the press, our friends and neighbors.

Sin Eaters

From Wikipedia:

The term sin-eater refers to a person who, through ritual means, would take on by means of food and drink the sins of a deceased person, thus absolving his or her soul and allowing that person to rest in peace. In the study of folklore sin-eating is considered a form of religious magic.

This practice was said to have been practiced in parts of England and Scotland, and allegedly survived until modern times in Wales. Traditionally, it is performed by a beggar and certain villages maintained their own sin-eaters. They would be brought to the dying person’s bedside, where a relative would place a crust of bread on the breast of the dying and pass a bowl of ale to him over the corpse. After praying or reciting the ritual, he would then drink and remove the bread from the breast and eat it, the act of which would remove the sin from the dying person and take it into himself.