The Art Of Torture

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Going by the title of this paper you are probably asking yourself "How in God's name can torture be seen as an art, were these people mentally ill?" well it was, but I talk about that later, let me tell you a little about the history of torture. Torture has been around since the times of Ancient Greece and is still around today, usually in the Mafia. Other than the mob, torture isn't very common in our society. Punishments aren't near as harsh as they used to be back in medieval times. The only punishments we have now are jails, the punishments there were in medieval times were numerous and downright inhuman.

Torture would keep criminal from doing something wrong again, assuming he lived through the torture. The punishments we have today are laughable and dumb.

Big deal, you are thrown in prison for a few years, you don't suffer one bit, but to the inmates, being thrown on a chain gang is so terrible. Being given hundreds of paper cuts and being rolled in salt, now that's terrible and I'm sure the convi ct will never break the law again. Places like Singapore still operate like this. It happened to that one teen who decided to spraypaint some cars. He thought he could get away with it and he almost did, but he shortly found out that he had a little pay-back coming to him. The kid was caned, and he hasn't done anything dumb since. Torture like this works, torture is a way that can really make you have second thoughts before you do anything stupid.

Torture was practiced in numerous ancient civilizations. Convicts and war prisoners were put to death by using torture to give them a slow, humiliating death. To some American Indian tribes, it is a custom to torment and burn prisoners.

Crucifixion was a popular torture technique in ancient Rome. Rome also used torture to get slaves, criminals, just about anybody, to get them to talk about secretive information. You see in these ancient Roman times, people were given information and were told that they should never tell this information to no one, well the Romans found out about this and this caused a major uprise in the use of torture.

In 12th century Europe torture became very widespread like it had just did in Rome. Before Europe began using torture, they relied on a more common judicial type of settlements for crimes, by the 13th century confessions and eyewitness testimonies came about and were used to determine if a person were guilty or innocent. But guess what was used to get these confessions from convicts, torture was used, torture was used a lot, but it could only be used if there was a numerous amount of evidence against the defendent. From the 14th to 18th centuries in Europe, torture was a very common thing of the legal process of a majority of the European countries and even the Roman Catholic church.

The Roman Catholic church used torture as a way of punishing heretics at the order of inquisitors. The Inquisition played a big part in the world of torture. The inquisition was a church founded in medieval times that was setup to find and prosecute heretics. The punishments for being a heretic were extreme punishments, stuff you would cringe at thinking about, such as the vise. You might have seen this device on the movie Casino. The victims head would be put in the vise and then the executioner would begin to tighten a little screw at the top of the vice, causing the victims head to start to compress. This technique was used a lot for getting people to confess.

The Inquisition was greatly defended during the middle ages. People saw it as okay, since it was a religious thing. Father Saint Augustine perceived Luke 14:23; "So the master said to the servant, Go out to the country roads and lanes and make people come in, so that my house will be full.", as biblical proof of endorsing the punishment of heret ics.

The Art of Torture: Believe it or not, torture was considered an artform. Were these people desperate for entertainment, though I would...
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