One thought on “Kicking the Hanged Man”

  • jimboylan

    July 5, 2018 at 2:57 am

    In some places, when soldiers are executed, it’s considered a dishonor to the uniform to let them die while wearing one. The insignia are removed or cut off, but I imagine that in some places the whole cloth is removed after he is noosed or tied to the post. In a few cases, he might be allowed to retain his boots, possibly to avoid splinters while standing on a wooden scaffold.
    If 2 or more are being hanged at once, it could also be a kindness to let them wear boots, so they don’t hurt their toes while kicking if contact is made with a companion. Of course, the most exciting target is between his legs!

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