Sin eaters were poor people who were paid to take on the sins of the of the dead. It was believed this freed the deceased from walking the earth after death. The sin eater would be served a meal on top the corpse at a wake. Often they were hungry. This is why they took the job.
The job came with a high cost. Sin eaters were considered disgusting. They lived in isolation, shunned like lepers.
I don’t believe you can offload your sins or your bad karma of whatever you might call this, on to another person. But I don’t doubt people believed this, because they still do.
I’d know, because I’m a modern day sin eater. There are legions of people who have off-loaded responsibility for their bad behavior by simply stating that they are innocent and I’m to blame.
Anyone with a heavily tenanted 8th house knows what I am talking about. My feelings about this are complex to try convey in this short format, but I can say this: It doesn’t work.
I simplified this for my friend, Ben: “You can’t steal for twenty years and then my time’s up and I say, oh! All that stuff I did is on, Elsa. My friend over there is taking this on. She’s going to pay the price for me.”
Put like that it seems obvious this is a delusional idea. Still, it’s one that many not only hold, but hold dear.
Who knows what I am talking about? Have you ever put the shadow on someone and thought you walked away clean?