Immurement (from Latin im- "in" and murus "wall"; literally "walling in") is a form of imprisonment, usually for life, in which a person is placed within an enclosed space with no exits. This includes instances where people have been enclosed in extremely tight confinement, such as within a coffin. When used as a means of execution, the prisoner is simply left to die from starvation or dehydration. This form of execution is distinct from being buried alive, in which the victim typically dies of asphyxiation.
Some examples of immurement as an established executional practice (with death from thirst or starvation as the intended aim) are attested. Roman Vestal Virgins could face immurement as punishment if they broke their vows of chastity and immurement has been well-established as a punishment of robbers in Persia, even into the early 20th century. Some ambiguous evidence exists of immurement as a practice of coffin-type confinement in Mongolia.
However, isolated incidents of immurement, rather than elements of continuous traditions, are attested or alleged from numerous parts of the world as well, and some of these notable incidents are included. Instances of immurement as an element of massacre within the context of war or revolution are also noted. Immuring living persons as a type of human sacrifice is also reported, for example as part of grand burial ceremonies in some cultures.
As a motif in legends and folklore, many tales of immurement exist. In the folklore, immurement is prominent as a form of capital punishment, but its use as a type of human sacrifice to make buildings sturdy has many tales attached to it as well. Skeletal remains have been, from time to time, found behind walls and in hidden rooms and on several occasions have been asserted to be evidence of such sacrificial practices or of such a form of punishment.
The Coffin Torture
The Coffin Torture was feared throughout the Middle Ages. It is enough for one to look at the picture herein to realise the reason.
The victim was placed inside the "coffin". Torturers were well-known for forcing overweight victims into the device, or even making the "coffin" slightly larger than normal to make the victims more uncomfortable.
The period of time a victim was to be kept inside the coffin was determined by his or her crime. Very serious crimes, such as blasphemy, were punished by death inside the coffin where the victim was to be kept inside under the sun with animals eating his or her flesh.
The coffin was sometimes placed in a public plaza so the local population would congregate around it and mock the unlucky victim. Sometimes death occurred because of the hatred towards the person as others often threw rocks and other objects to further increase the pain.
Recreation of a sixteenth-century knight, who was believed to be immured in a wall of Kuressaare Castle, Estonia
In the image below, The Chinese detain the accused by tying their hands and feet into these 'chairs' until he comes to his final trial. or just for prolonged punishment .......
Chinese Death Cage Image Below
Sometimes, a quick beheading was the easy way out. Here, a man is pictured standing in a box, as a crowd watches his progress.
This is not a posed shot.
The convicted man has been here for a few days. He is standing on a pile of thin stones (or wooden planks).
Every day, one piece is pulled out, until you can no longer stand, and either your neck snaps under the weight of your body pulling on it, or else you slowly strangle to death.
The worst part is when you think you can put off death by standing on your tip-toes, and start to panic in that position...
….and then you discover that you cannot stay your toes for as long as you thought you could.
Those last hours are the worst, until the moment comes when you let your body go limp for a moment to long — that moment when you hope for a rest and respite for your exhausted legs that have been struggling on and off to remain on tip-toes — and then the stretching and snapping of the neck, or strangulation against the collar of splintered wood that holds your neck in the final grip of death.
However, some time after this photo was taken, the above man died inside this wooden cell by another means, robbing the crowd of their chance to witness his final, desperate struggle inside the cage of death.
A friend reached up, giving him poison, thus bringing a swift end to his ordeal.
More Cage of Death Images Below
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