"Shame punishments" were popular in the Middle Ages, I think. If a woman was accused of impropriety, she might have her property impounded by the authorities, have her hair shaved, be covered in mud and be paraded nude in front of the townspeople on a donkey where she might then have to grovel in front of the priest or pastor for forgiveness before her property might possibly be returned. Large crowds would attend such affairs and a festival might ensue.
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