My memory of this is fairly thin. But I know it's real and I read it in probably an anthology. I think it might have been fairly short. The concept of the sin eater pops up in other literature from time to time as well. Unfortunately I am unable to cite examples. I think I remember references to sin eaters being members of a caste. The idea as best I can explain is that the sin eater agrees to take on the responsibilities, guilt and karmic costs of a sin committed by another person either as a duty related to the sin eaters cast, or in exchange for money or valuables. The person or entity that originally committed the sin is then free of the consequences. I think this story was written before 1965.

  • Is it not The Sin Eater By Margaret Atwood ?
    – juvian
    Nov 23, 2017 at 18:33
  • 2
    Juvian, I think not. though this is interesting enough that I will make a point of reading it. I think she might be too contemporary and her book is fiction not science fiction. But I will check into it more, date published etc. I find the Welsh connection interesting.
    – Eric
    Nov 23, 2017 at 18:47
  • 1
    Anything else you remember? Except for the judaism part, it fits the description of every sin eater story
    – juvian
    Nov 23, 2017 at 19:04
  • This sounds like the movie The Order. Has the sin eaters, though it is a Christian secret sect.
    – Craqgerbil
    Nov 23, 2017 at 19:23
  • 1
    Yes, we need more. There are lots of sin-eater stories (Morpheus Road and The Sin-Eater's Daughter just in recent memory). I am voting to close as too broad until sufficient detail is added. Sorry!
    – Adamant
    Nov 23, 2017 at 21:52


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.