To punish his son's followers, he did something rather twisted. He killed 250 of Hasan's devotees, then tied their corpses to the backs of 250 more. He then banished them from their home city of Alamut.
I'm assuming they had to leave the city, carrying their dead compatriots on their backs. I can't help but wonder what was going through Mohammad's mind at the time. What was the purpose of this? If it was just to degrade and demoralize them, I'm sure it worked. But was there some other symbolic meaning? To carry the weight of the dead? To flee with blood on their hands (or in this case backs?) I don't know, but it's interesting to think about. I also wonder how far they walked before relinquishing the corpses. And did they bury them at that time? One would think so, but it's hard to know for sure. I haven't found any historical records that say.
I'm not one who's usually drawn to stories about Eastern societies, but this would make fascinating story material. What do you think? Sorry if I've given everyone a mildly unpleasant mental picture, but if you're gonna continue to read this blog, you may want to get used to that.
Anyone got any bizarre or nasty punishment stories that trump this one?
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