By Helen Prejean
In 1982, Sister Helen Prejean turned the religious consultant to Patrick Sonnier, the convicted killer of 2 young children who was once sentenced to die within the electrical chair of Louisiana's Angola nation criminal. within the months sooner than Sonnier's loss of life, the Roman Catholic nun got here to understand a guy who used to be as terrified as he had as soon as been terrifying. while, she got here to grasp the households of the sufferers and the lads whose task it was once to execute him--men who frequently harbored doubts in regards to the rightness of what they have been doing.
Out of that dreadful intimacy comes a profoundly relocating religious trip via our method of capital punishment. Confronting either the plight of the condemned and the fashion of the bereaved, the wishes of a crime-ridden society and the Christian important of affection, Dead guy Walking is an exceptional examine the human outcomes of the dying penalty, a booklet that's either enlightening and devastating.
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15 Judging from this edict, the emperor did not wish his chief mourners (or anyone, for that matter) to observe three years mourning on his behalf. 16 In fairness to Yang Shuda and others, in this posthumous edict Emperor Wen did strongly discourage three years mourning. Like many critics of the late Warring States and Western Han, Wen thought that people observed the custom because they lacked perspective about death. 17 26 T HE P OL IT IC S OF M O U R NI NG I N E AR LY C H I NA Although he certainly discouraged the practice of three years mourning, Emperor Wen did not prohibit it.
28 The account of an imperial brother, Liu Liang 劉良 (d. 1, no. 12), provides further evidence that the Han court encouraged men to observe three years mourning. 29 His conduct impressed Emperor Yuan 元 (r. 48–33 BCE), who rewarded Liu with more territory. In fact, later courts made repeated efforts to ensure that at least certain officials had adequate leave time for fulfilling their mourning obligations, as seen in two edicts. In the first, issued in 66 BCE, Emperor Xuan 宣 (r. 74–48 BCE) expressed his concern that military officers30 be allowed to return home and bury their parents: 導民以孝，則天下順．今百姓或遭衰絰 .
First, ritual prescriptions indicate that elite women were expected to mourn their own relatives, as well as their husbands’ relatives. Second, eleven accounts of mourning by elite Eastern Han women survive in the History of the Later Han (Hou Hanshu 後漢書) by Fan Ye 范曄 (398–445 CE), and in stele inscriptions. Not surprisingly, accounts of the mourning practices of nonelite women, like those of nonelite men, are utterly lacking. Extant sources indicate that unmarried women mourned their kin. An inscription dedicated to the Chancellor of Pingdu 平都, a Mr.