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Body+Blood (Hallowe'en 2011)

Body+Blood (Hallowe'en 2011)

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Published by Christopher Prime
Supper is served.
Supper is served.

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Published by: Christopher Prime on Nov 01, 2011
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The stone room echoed with the sound of blood draining into a bucket.A second bucket sat off to the side, already full.From the ceiling, a man
s body was strung, its feet bound with rope, its arms hangingand wrists slit.A dozen other men watched as the last drops of blood emptied into the bucket.One held a hack saw.
Get it down.
 The command was followed. The bucket was moved to the side. Three of the men heldthe body, while another stood on a chair and cut the rope. Straining under the deadweight, they carried the body to a table in the middle of the room where the others sat.The table was prepared with knives, platters, and patterned ceremonial cups.The man with the saw stood, and they all bowed their heads.
Father, you provide without fail, and we thank you for your provision this day. Weask that you bless this meal as we partake in your name.
 Together, they concluded with
 Lifting their heads, the man grabbed an arm of the body laid out on the table andpositioned the saw at the shoulder. His grip firm, he pulled the saw back, making thefirst cut. Each cut through the cold flesh was clean, with no blood left to spill. Sawingthrough the bone took some time, but the others sat watching, patient, and silent. Theycontinued to sit in silence as the man severed each limb, setting it aside and moving onto the next. With the final cut, the man placed his saw at the foot of the table and took hisseat. With the arms and legs out of the way, each one at the table took a knife and carvedoff portions of the torso.The head was left untouched.And they ate.Again, they bowed their heads. Again, the one man spoke:
Our Father, you have provided, and we are ever-grateful. We ask now that you blessthe blood of this offering, as we continue to partake in your name. This blood, we livefor. This blood, we live
. Lord, be with us.
 And, altogether:
 He got up and carried the two buckets from the far wall to the table, setting them oneither side of what remained of the body
mostly bones and fat, along with the legs,

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