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Penance/Penitent

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Author(s): Yavuzyasar, Ayfer
Concept 1. When someone inflicts harm on another, the injured party may demand compensation for the injury. The injury must be ‘repented.’ In case of conflict, one appeals to a judge, to establish the seriousness of the injury and the degree of guilt attaching to it. Especially with a murder, for example, an injury can be ‘condignly’ compensated only by the death of a member of the opposing party; still, the ‘capital’ punishment (from Lat., caput, ‘head’) can be replaced with a money payment, the ‘mulet’ for homicide. But before the compensation—the re-balancing betwee…