Medieval Torture Museum, St. Augustine

In the nation’s oldest city there is a new exhibition of replica and restoration torture implements popular from antiquity up to 1939 (the last public execution by guillotine). Even though the dummies are pretty kitschy and the fake torches very campy, the torture devices and demonstrations offer a boldly visual exposition on how barbarous humanity can be. Of course you KNOW I focused most of my attention here on the trial and punishment of witches and sorcerers, about which I was not disappointed. Contemplating on these instruments of brutality and pain is a very powerful way to remind yourself of the needless suffering religious tyrants have caused in the past, and will continue to cause in the future unless we stop them.

Shame mask for an eavesdropper
Collection of shame masks for different offenses, gluttony, gossip, eavesdropping, adultery and so on. A 16th century invention.
Clamps, chains, brands and the Breast Ripper (center)
The Pear of Anguish. Just Google it.
Heretic’s fork. This is what happens when your belief doesn’t match mine!

Catherine wheel. Particularly nasty, and used since ancient times
Iron Maiden. Did you catch their last tour? Ghost was opening for them it was spectacular. 

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