ANCIENT HISTORY: What’s Self-Flagellation?

When Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code” came out, his self-flagellating monk had a lot of us wondering, what’s that about? In 1347, the Black Death (plague) descended from China to Europe. People were ignorant and superstitious so came up with a variety of rationalizations for why the plague was killing their loved ones. Not understanding cleanliness, biology, and the nature of disease, they believed God was punishing them. A cult arose, called the Flagellants and cult members swore to flog themselves three times a day. With bare-torsos, cult members, sometimes a thousand strong, sauntered down the street singing hymns while their leader whipped them and they whipped themselves. Ironically, many of them died, not from the Black Death, but from infected wounds from the self-flagellation because cult dogma forbade bathing, even the wounds. Suellen Ocean is the author of the historic novel The Celtic Prince Available here:


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Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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