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"The Trial of the Queen of Quavers"

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A strange and perhaps lewd satire from 1777, regarding a witchcraft trial in the "Lunar Empire"...

https://books.google.com/books?id=2AVXAAAAcAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

 

(The real world subject was the castrati and their vogue in Opera). Still...

I vaguely recall that castration was practiced in our Lunar Empire. Is it found elsewhere?

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Not an answer, because I can't think of any, but I chuckled at some of the dramatis personae:  'court reporters' Joseph Democritus and William Diogenes, the judge, the Right Honorable Sir Francis Lash, the Counsel for the Crown, Mr. Cunning, and the Counsel for the Defence, Mr. Serjeant Grin.

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35 minutes ago, Yelm's Light said:

Not an answer, because I can't think of any, but I chuckled at some of the dramatis personae:  'court reporters' Joseph Democritus and William Diogenes, the judge, the Right Honorable Sir Francis Lash, the Counsel for the Crown, Mr. Cunning, and the Counsel for the Defence, Mr. Serjeant Grin.

 Indeed. 17th-18th century satire has a lovely way with names - viz. Ben Jonson, though Dickens attempted to follow in that fine tradition.

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On 1/16/2018 at 2:58 AM, jeffjerwin said:

 

A strange and perhaps lewd satire from 1777, regarding a witchcraft trial in the "Lunar Empire"...

https://books.google.com/books?id=2AVXAAAAcAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

 

(The real world subject was the castrati and their vogue in Opera). Still...

I vaguely recall that castration was practiced in our Lunar Empire. Is it found elsewhere?

Pentians routinely castrate their male slaves, I believe.

Babeester Gor cultists also practise castration, but not for the same reasons. There was a writeup of a cult called Kanak Gor, in an unofficial supplement, that had extatic male Earth worshippers self-castrating to join the cult of Kanak Gor, an all-castrati subcult of Babeester Gor.

Ralzakark has an army of Broo Castrati.

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1 hour ago, soltakss said:

Ralzakark has an army of Broo Castrati.

Forgot about them... I believe there are also Broo castrati in Lunar society? That may be something deuterocanonical from Tradetalk or TotRM, however.

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5 hours ago, soltakss said:

Babeester Gor cultists also practise castration, but not for the same reasons. There was a writeup of a cult called Kanak Gor, in an unofficial supplement, that had extratic male Earth worshippers self-castrating to join the cult of Kanak Gor, an all-castrati subcult of Babeester Gor.

I'm going to guess that that's not a very large cult. :)

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10 minutes ago, Yelm's Light said:

I'm going to guess that that's not a very large cult. :)

It seems very Tarsh Exile-y to me. It's clearly modelled on the galloi. Below is a drawing of sacred castration clamps utilised for the initiation of galloi, eunuchs dedicated to Cybele/Magna Mater:

castration_clamp_restoration.jpg

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