Adulterer's Punishment - Riding the Donkey and Branding

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Riding the Donkey
Riding the donkey followed by banishment was one of the punishments decreed for adulterers, usually given more freely to women than to men.

I had seen the arab cruelty I would meet. Early in our marriage Jamaal had taken me to witness two thieves, a father and son, have their right hands cleaved off and an adulteress receive her “wooden donkey and branding” sentence. A pleasant way to spend the day! He may have seen this as an essential part of my education, even as a warning. Who knows?


2007-03-12