(3/17/03 3:09:50 pm)
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You are right on the mark about affirmations and the Quakers.
To all: For a fascinating history of oaths in the common law countries, and Ireland in particular, I stumbled onto this website:
This document is intended to discuss the oath requirement for children witnesses in abuse cases, but it contains a beautifully written history section.
Interestly, it seems, at least according to this author, that oaths were originally "self-curses". Thus, if the witness told a lie, he would curse himself.