Engraver: Auguste Doré


Schism in Family,

Schism in Politics, also

Schism in Religion


NOTE: In the ninth bolgia of Circle 8 are the schismatics. They caused breaks in families; for example, they caused a father and a son to hate each other. They caused breaks in politics; for example, they caused two political parties to hate each other. They caused breaks in religion; for example, they caused the one true religion to splinter into two opposing religions. Because the schismatics caused breaks and splits, they suffer breaks and splits: A devil cuts their bodies as they walk around the bolgia. For example, a person who caused a split between a father and son by causing the father (head of the household) and the son to hate each other will have his head cut off.




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