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i '3 1 tin, in the year 743, that a man, who fold his flave to an infidel, Thould be infamous ; and ex- communicated in the fame manner as a mur- derer, if the flave thus fold was intended to fall a vidtim to the gods. And in Norway it was abfolutely forbid to fell a flave out of the king- dom, unlefs he had committed an enormous crime *. With a view to promote the abolition of this favage cuftom, which proved to be fatal to perfons of the moft exquifite beauty f and the moft exalted character; it was wifely enact- ed, that the ceremonies of emancipation among the Chriftians fhould refemble the form of the heathen facrifices, and engage in the fame way the imagination both of the Chriftians and the heathens. Thus happily did the flaves obtain chance of liberty; thus were they often brought * The Norwegian law, called Gulathing’s Law of King Hacon Haconfon, Part 13. f Adam of Bremen. De Situ Danis, Frxterea relatum eft nobis in eodem ponto die Eftland infulam ubi Dracones adorant cum volucribus, quibus etiam vivos litant homines, quos a mercatoribus emunt diligenter omnino probatos, tie maculam in corpare habeant, pro qua refutari dicuntur, a Draconibus. In Sweden the fame practice was not lefs common, where, on urgent occafion, kings and princes were facrificed, particularly in the times of fcarcity and famines. Nay the Swedes boafted once of having immolated five kings iu one day. to

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