Akeldama means 'field of blood' in Aramaic, and is thought to be the monastery where Judas Iscariot committed suicide after betraying Christ in the Bible.
The name comes from a passage from the Gospel of Matthew, where after his betrayal, Judas cast his reward of 30 silver pieces into the temple for the priests. The coins were deemed as 'blood money', so instead of adding them to the treasury, a field was bought to bury foreigners (27:7).
An alternative naming origin comes from the Acts of the Apostles, where it is stated that Judas "acquired a field with the reward of his unjust deed, and falling headfirst he burst open in the middle and all his intestines gushed out," (Acts 1:18-19). This telling in particular is likely where the item description comes from.
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