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The Inscription

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

The script actually used to write on the body of the condemned man definitely seems to have a sort of religious symbolism about it. It's elaborate, and it's incomprehensible to the uninitiated, as so much of religion can be. Plus, what's written on the body of the condemned man is the "commandment" he's broken. Not the law or the rule, but the "commandment." Hmm…

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