Blood Law, in some traditional
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punishment of certain serious crimes. The responsibility for delivering this justice has traditionally fallen to the family or
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of the victim, usually a male relative.


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. Justice under Blood Law would be considered revenge killing or summary murder, and also could be an additional aggravating circumstance requiring the death penalty for the crime.

See also

* Blood money (term), Blood money * Feud, Vendetta * Honour killing * Qanun (law), Kanun * Krvna osveta {{Cherokee Cherokee culture Native American law Native American history