In Ancient Rome,

Vestal virgins were priestesses of Vesta, goddess of the hearth in roman religion. 

Vesta was the Roman Goddess of fire, hearth and home. The temple of Vesta always had a burning flame which was considered ...

Vesta‘s presence is symbolized by the sacred fire that burned at her hearth and temples. They cultivated the sacred fire that was not allowed to go out. Goddess Symbols

If a vestal virgin broke her vow of virginity, she was sentenced to death.

However, because there was a rule that nobody could spill the blood of a vestal virgin, the Romans circumvented this by burying them alive. 

Rites of Vesta.


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