Law and the society
The society as reflected in the lawtexts was a hierarchical society, with the kin group or community central to the smooth-running of the law. Each person in society had a life-value, (galanas), and an injury value, (sarhaed), which would be payable in addition to any compensation for a deliberate act. The death penalty was confined to certain cases of theft, and the norm according to the law would have been to pay compensation to the victim (or, in the case of a killing, the victim’s family) for any injury or loss caused, whether deliberate or accidental.
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