I recently posted the following query to the Brehon Law list, but got no
answer. Perhaps it would be better addressed to this list.
<< Another thing I'm curious about is the term "deórad" and the three types
of "outsider." These are mentioned in Kelly's Guide, but can anyone say
anything more than Kelly does? I was under the impression that "deórad" had to do
with being "outcast, banished, an outlaw," and *implied* being an "outsider,
foreigner, stranger," but from the discussion in Kelly, it looks as if the
term "ambuae" would correspond to this "non-person, outcast, outlaw" idea more
Julius Caesar, in _De Bello Gallico_ (VI.13.6-7), tells us:
"... si qui aut privatus aut populus eorum decreto non stetit, sacrificiis
interdicunt. Haec poena apud eos est gravissima. Quibus ita est interdictum,
hi numero impiorum ac sceleratorum habentur, his omnes decedunt, aditum
sermonemque defugiunt, ne quid ex contagione incommodi accipiant, neque his
petentibus ius redditur neque honos ullus communicatur."
This type of ostracism seems to go beyond merely being banished from the
"sacrifices," and looks to be akin to the status of an ambuae (see Kelly's
Guide, p. 5). >>
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