Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Sin-eating



I am working on a new print at the moment about sin-eating. This was an act where a family would pay a sin-eater to absolve the sins of the recently deceased to make their pathway to the afterlife and easier one, and to grant them entry to heaven. The sin-eater would be paid sixpence and would eat corpse cake and drink wine using the coffin as a table which would symbolise the sins being eating. Often they would also eat any food that had been touched by the recently deceased. Often the sin-eaters would be homeless or poor people as they just wanted some food and money to live...

2 comments:

Rosie Connell said...

Love your work..What media is this in? x

Andres Guzman said...

I pictured you saying all this with black teeth, red eyes, and hooved feet