March 13th, 2012

Aly talks to crows tree

Penance for Breaking Kosher?

Google Terms: Kosher, Breaking Kosher, Kashrut, Breaking Kashrut, Penance for breaking kosher

Setting: Medieval England. Around the 1190's, though I've yet to pin down an exact year. This is a Robin Hood re-telling so I can play around with some of the other details.

Question: So, here's the situation. I have a character who is Jewish, and he's just helped my injured protagonist by bringing him pork fat to put on a burn (I know that's not supposed to happen but HE doesn't and neither does the character, and they're in a really limited situation, with my protagonist in a jail cell and Character A trying to tend to him after he's been branded), which he's gathered himself, and then he proceeds to slather it on the kid's hand when it looks too difficult for him to do it.

I'm lead to believe that touching any part of the dead pig results in kosher being broken. Would this have been considered true? What might Character A do if he has, in fact, broken kosher? Are there any prayers he might say, or acts of penance he might perform?

I'd intended for this to lead to a scene where this information is revealed to my protagonist, either because he witnesses Character A performing said penance, or by having him simply mention this fact. Would this be workable, given the circumstances?

This community has helped me so much with this novel in the past, and reminded me of several details I'd forgotten were relevant to my situation, so I'm hoping that can happen here again!

Thanks in Advance!

Looking for pithy epithets from ancient Greece

Hello, detailers. I need some pithy epithets for an unusual situation, please.

Alternate History Setting: Alexander the Great died in his 60's leaving a much expanded empire to a string of legitimate, talented successors. The Macedonian Empire rose to dominate the Mediterranean, Europe, East Asia, India, the Middle East and North Africa on a scale similar to the British Empire in the 1800's. The 'Dark Ages' never happened. Christianity never became a major religion. Civilization has steadily advanced for over 1000 years, finally reaching the Early Industrial stage. At the time of my story the night life in the Empire's Capitol on the Bosphorus would make any Victorian gentleman from our world feel right at home.

Scene: Two young noblemen return to their club from a late night carouse. They find the concierge dead at his desk, apparently of the new plague which is gradually creeping into the city from the frontier areas. The Black Death has arrived and it's in the house. They are horrified, offended and terrorized.

I need a few short, pithy epithets for them to use to express themselves that are not Christian in origin. "OMG!", "Bloody h***!", and "D*** it!" express the correct feelings but the wrong religion. The Greek pantheon is still predominant, with Roman deities a not-so-close second. If it helps, one of our players is a lifelong resident of the capitol, the other is from Brittany, which has been part of the Empire for several centuries.

Any suggestions would be helpful.


* edited to correct Mycenaean to Macedonian and Bretony to Brittany