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When the magic of the Olympics becomes an ugly enchantment

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Way before the establishment of the modern criminal justice system, the accused were subjected to rituals by which their guilt or innocence was determined by "divine will."

In the ancient ritual of "kukatachi," the hands of the accused were plunged into boiling water. If they suffered burns, they were deemed guilty.

In another gruesome ritual, called "tekkakisho" and practiced during the Warring States period and in the early Edo Period (1603-1867), a red-hot iron was placed on the hands of the accused.

The Japanese expression "nureginu wo kiseru" (make someone wear wet clothes) means to falsely accuse someone. According to one........

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