History’s Most Terrifying Ways of Punishing People

The Judas Cradle

15. The Judas Cradle

Popular during the 16th century in Spain and Prussia was the Judas Cradle. It was used as a punishment for religious and military affairs for those who had been wayward.

The process involved stripping the accused naked and having them sit on the point of a pyramid-shaped wooden object, with their hands and feet tied.

The point of the pyramid was usually inserted into the anus or vagina and to increase the pain, oil would be added to the pyramid tip or weights would be tied to the victim’s legs.

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