12 Bankrott-Stein (pietra dei falliti), Desenzano, Italien

Pietra ei falliti Desenzano

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The customs relating to Desenzano’s “bankrupts-stone” might also originate from traditions of the Germanic Longobard tribe. A person who went broke had to slam three times his naked bottom cheeks on the stone, before he was compelled to run along the “bankrupts-street”, between two rows of angry creditors. In Köln, Germany, there was a similar stone at the outside of the cathedral, where people convicted to death were slammed three times with their back against the stone. “He bumped with the back to the ground”, says an old saying in northern Italy. The saying, indicating that someone went broke, probably derives from this old Germanic tradition

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