Troubled by the fact that words could be false, judicial procedures were conducted entirely in mime.

This included the reenactment of crimes for those who were judging, as well as the offering of plaintiffs to implicate othe r people as a barter for reducing punishment.

Use of the spoken word for conducting justice was unthinkable.

There were many written laws about the word as spoken: one such law, roughly translated, said that "trouble begins when a quality is applied to the name of a color". The occurrence of an attributed characteristic to a color was discussed at length in co uncil, i.e.:

"Was the characteristic a true qualifier of the color, or a separate quality deserving of its own name as a color?"

In rulings on these distinctions, they were fierce.


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