A very old system of torture that involved using a knife or a sharp utensil in order to peel away the skin of the victim. Utilised particularly often during the Classic Period, it was recorded as the method of execution for Saint Bartholomew, one of Jesus’ 12 Apostles. According to legend, Saint Bartholomew was imprisoned and executed via flaying and beheading after his successful mission to convert the King of Armenia to Christianity. The king’s brother, a pagan and outraged by his conversion, ordered Bartholomew executed in this extremely brutal fashion, carving him into history as a martyr who died for his faith.
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