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The Strange World of Human Sacrifice

The last study throws a surprising light on human sacrifice in China. The volume is concluded with a detailed index

Author : Jan N. Bremmer

Release : 2007

Publisher : Peeters Publishers

ISBN : 9789042918436

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The Strange World of Human Sacrifice is the first modern collection of studies on one of the most gruesome and intriguing aspects of religion. The volume starts with a brief introduction, which is followed by studies of Aztec human sacrifice and the literary motif of human sacrifice in medieval Irish literature. Turning to ancient Greece, three cases of human sacrifice are analysed: a ritual example, a mythical case, and one in which myth and ritual are interrelated. The early Christians were the victims of accusations of human sacrifice, but in turn imputed the crime to heterodox Christians, just as the Jews imputed the crime to their neighbours. The ancient Egyptians rarely seem to have practised human sacrifice, but buried the pharaoh's servants with him in order to serve him in the afterlife, albeit only for a brief period at the very beginning of pharaonic civilization. In ancient India we can follow the traditions of human sacrifice from the earliest texts up to modern times, where especially in eastern India goddesses, such as Kali, were long worshipped with human victims. In Japanese tales human sacrifice often takes the form of self-sacrifice, and there may well be a line from these early sacrifices to modern kamikaze. The last study throws a surprising light on human sacrifice in China. The volume is concluded with a detailed index

Human Sacrifice

Brutal and disturbing, Human Sacrifice takes us into the dark world of twenty-first-century ritual murder.

Author : Jimmy Lee Shreeve

Release : 2015-01-20

Publisher : Skyhorse

ISBN : 9781629148021

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Welcome to the terrifying world of ritual sacrifice. Around the world, humans are being trafficked, kidnapped, sold, and enslaved for the specific purpose of sacrifice. Mass-scale migration has seen these gruesome techniques exported from the land of the Aztecs and finding their way to the United States, Britain, and many other locations worldwide. Voodoo priests in London have been linked to ritual murders, and not long ago a Palo Mayombe priestess’s New York City apartment yielded its grisly secrets. One New Jersey investigator says that sacrificial rites are not only going on today, but can be traced back ninety years in the States alone. Jimmy Lee Shreeve takes us on a nightmare journey, following the initial investigations of Scotland Yard into the murder of a five-year-old boy whose torso was found floating in the Thames in 2001, and traveling to Africa to unveil a grim trade of exporting humans for sacrifice. He uncovers the dark side of voodoo and muti magic, linked with a score of sacrifices and murders, and in Mexico, finds a devotee of Palo Mayombe responsible for torturing his victims and boiling them in a cauldron. Along the way, Shreeve brings his own brand of offbeat detective skills to the fore, providing startling conclusions to some of the world’s most horrific murders. Brutal and disturbing, Human Sacrifice takes us into the dark world of twenty-first-century ritual murder.

Human Sacrifices in India

Author : Sir John Campbell

Release : 1986

Publisher : Mittal Publications

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Cannibal Talk

In this radical reexamination of the notion of cannibalism, Gananath Obeyesekere offers a fascinating and convincing argument that cannibalism is mostly "cannibal talk," a discourse on the Other engaged in by both indigenous peoples and ...

Author : Gananath Obeyesekere

Release : 2005-06-06

Publisher : Univ of California Press

ISBN : 9780520938311

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In this radical reexamination of the notion of cannibalism, Gananath Obeyesekere offers a fascinating and convincing argument that cannibalism is mostly "cannibal talk," a discourse on the Other engaged in by both indigenous peoples and colonial intruders that results in sometimes funny and sometimes deadly cultural misunderstandings. Turning his keen intelligence to Polynesian societies in the early periods of European contact and colonization, Obeyesekere deconstructs Western eyewitness accounts, carefully examining their origins and treating them as a species of fiction writing and seamen's yarns. Cannibalism is less a social or cultural fact than a mythic representation of European writing that reflects much more the realities of European societies and their fascination with the practice of cannibalism, he argues. And while very limited forms of cannibalism might have occurred in Polynesian societies, they were largely in connection with human sacrifice and carried out by a select community in well-defined sacramental rituals. Cannibal Talk considers how the colonial intrusion produced a complex self-fulfilling prophecy whereby the fantasy of cannibalism became a reality as natives on occasion began to eat both Europeans and their own enemies in acts of "conspicuous anthropophagy."

Human Sacrifice in Ancient Greece

The cult culminates in the immolation of a goat which the myth presents as a
substitution for the human sacrifice; this means that the myth — organically
belonging to the cult – has the function of rendering the sacrifice of a goat
equivalent to a ...

Author : Dennis D. Hughes

Release : 2013-01-11

Publisher : Routledge

ISBN : 1134966393

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Numerous ancient texts describe human sacrifices and other forms of ritual killing: in 480 BC Themistocles sacrifices three Persian captives to Dionysus; human scapegoats called pharmakoi are expelled yearly from Greek cities, and according to some authors they are killed; Locrin girls are hunted down and slain by the Trojans; on Mt Lykaion children are sacrificed and consumed by the worshippers; and many other texts report human sacrifices performed regularly in the cult of the gods or during emergencies such as war and plague. Archaeologists have frequently proposed human sacrifice as an explanation for their discoveries: from Minoan Crete children's bones with knife-cut marks, the skeleton of a youth lying on a platform with a bronze blade resting on his chest, skeletons, sometimes bound, in the dromoi of Mycenaean and Cypriot chamber tombs; and dual man-woman burials, where it is suggested that the woman was slain or took her own life at the man's funeral. If the archaeologists' interpretations and the claims in the ancient sources are accepted, they present a bloody and violent picture of the religious life of the ancient Greeks, from the Bronze Age well into historical times. But the author expresses caution. In many cases alternative, if less sensational, explanations of the archaeological are possible; and it can often be shown that human sacrifices in the literary texts are mythical or that late authors confused mythical details with actual practices.Whether the evidence is accepted or not, this study offers a fascinating glimpse into the religious thought of the ancient Greeks and into changing modern conceptions of their religious behaviour.

Human Sacrifice--in History and Today

A detailed account of the widespread practice of human sacrifice in virtually every civilization throughout history--including its continued practice today--explores the religious and philosophic thought underlying one of humankind's most ...

Author : Nigel Davies

Release : 1981

Publisher : William Morrow & Company

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A detailed account of the widespread practice of human sacrifice in virtually every civilization throughout history--including its continued practice today--explores the religious and philosophic thought underlying one of humankind's most startling tradit

The Jew and Human Sacrifice: Human Blood and Jewish Ritual, an Historical and Sociological Inquiry

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it.

Author : Hermann Leberecht Strack

Release : 2018-02-19

Publisher : Palala Press

ISBN : 9781378074954

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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

Isaac, Iphigeneia, Ignatius

Pesthy argues that all the peoples in the environment in which Christianity came into being are characterized by an ambiguous and often hypocritical attitude toward human sacrifice: in theory they condemn it as barbarian and belonging to ...

Author : Monika Pesthy-Simon

Release : 2017-06-20

Publisher : Central European University Press

ISBN : 9633861632

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What is the meaning of the martyr?s sacrifice? Is it true that the martyr imitates Christ? After the ?one and eternal? sacrifice of Jesus, why are the occasional new (and often quite numerous) sacrifices necessary? What is the underlying divinitical concept behind these acts? How do these ideas survive in present times? The author considers martyrdom as a voluntary human sacrifice. The two emblematic figures of this transformation are Iphigeneia and Isaac. Pesthy argues that all the peoples in the environment in which Christianity came into being are characterized by an ambiguous and often hypocritical attitude toward human sacrifice: in theory they condemn it as barbarian and belonging to bygone times, in other cases they accept, admire and practice it. In modern Christianity, martyrs are real sacrifices, not symbolical ones. Our feelings about martyrs vary: we may admire their unbending courage and heroism or be irritated by their stubbornness, or even feel disgusted at the fanaticism with which they strove for death. Whatever our feelings may be, we must acknowledge that a very strong motivation is necessary to accept voluntarily or even seek death. ÿ

Human Sacrifice, Militarism, and Rulership

Author : Saburo Sugiyama

Release : 2005-03-10

Publisher : Cambridge University Press

ISBN : 9780521780568

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Teotihuacan was one of the earliest and more populous preColumbian cities, and the Feathered Serpent was its vital monument, erected circa 200 AD. This work explores the religious meanings and political implications of the pyramid with meticulous and thorough analyses of substantially new excavation data. Challenging the traditional view of the city as a legendary, sacred, or anonymously-governed centre, the book provides significant new insights on the Teotihuacan polity and society. It provides interpretations on the pyramid's location, architecture, sculptures, iconography, mass sacrificial graves and rich symbolic offerings, and concludes that the pyramid commemorated the accession of rulers who were inscribed to govern with military force on behalf of the gods. This archaeological examination of the monument shows it to be the physical manifestation of state ideologies such as the symbolism of human sacrifice, militarism, and individual-centred divine authority, ideologies which were later diffused among other Mesoamerican urban centres.

New Perspectives on Human Sacrifice and Ritual Body Treatments in Ancient Maya Society

Different from the heterogeneous ancestral expressions known in the Maya area
and different from animal sacrifice, we assume that human ritual sacrifice and,
albeit to a lesser extent, postsacrificial body treatments identify an extreme of ...

Author : Vera Tiesler

Release : 2007-02-15

Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN : 9780387488714

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This book examines Maya sacrifice and related posthumous body manipulation. The editors bring together an international group of contributors from the area studied: archaeologists as well as anthropologists, forensic anthropologists, art historians and bioarchaeologists. This interdisciplinary approach provides a comprehensive perspective on these sites as well as the material culture and biological evidence found there

Human Sacrifice in Jewish and Christian Tradition

This rite of child sacrifice seems to have little in com- mon with the sacrifices
mentioned in Judg11 and 2 Kgs 3:25ff. ... For the apologetic use of the references
to pagan human sacrifice see also Katell Bertheolot in this volume (“Jewish
Views ...

Author : Karin Finsterbusch

Release : 2006-10-27

Publisher : BRILL

ISBN : 904740940X

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The present volume asks to which extent ancient practices and traditions of human sacrifice are reflected in medieval and modern Judeo-Christian times and also includes contributions concerned with the Ancient Near East and Ancient Greece.

The Human Sacrifice

Have you always wondered what life is all about and what part you play in it? Do you want to know more about the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? The Human Sacrifice will open your eyes to the reality of what life is really about.

Author : Irislynn Russell

Release : 2005-06

Publisher : iUniverse

ISBN : 0595357873

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Do you know the destiny for your life? Have you always wondered what life is all about and what part you play in it? Do you want to know more about the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? The Human Sacrifice will open your eyes to the reality of what life is really about. Whether you are a non-believer, a new believer, or one who is established in the Word of God, The Human Sacrifice will scintillate your taste for living a satisfying life. As you understand the absolute principles of God's Word of Integrity, Life in the Blood, the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit and other truths it will cause you to be confident in whom you are. As you are established in the foundational attributes of Anointing, Holiness, Dominion, Loyalty, Justice, Hope, Prayfulness, and other basic character traits, you will meet your destiny in life!

Human Sacrifice and the Supernatural in African History

Chapter 1 Human Sacrifice and the Supernatural in African History: An Overview
In African historical studies the practice of human sacrifice remains largely
unexplored on its own merit even though the practice has a long history on the ...

Author : Mbogoni, Lawrence E.Y.

Release : 2013-11-03

Publisher : Mkuki na Nyota Publishers

ISBN : 9987082424

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Since time immemorial, human beings the world over have sought answers to the vexing questions of their origins, sickness, death and after death; the meaning of natural phenomena such as earthquakes, eclipses of the sun and moon, birth of twins etc. and how to protect themselves from such mysterious events. They invented God and gods and the occult sciences (witch craft, divination and soothsaying) in order to seek the protection of supernatural powers while individuals used them to gain power to dominate others and to accumulate wealth. Human sacrifice was one way in which they sought to expiate the gods for what they believed were punishments for their transgressions. One example, the Ghana Asante Kingdom's very origins are associated with human sacrifice. On the eve of war against Denkyira, individuals volunteered themselves to be sacrificed in order to guarantee victory. Later, human sacrifice in Asante was mainly politically motivated as kings and religious leaders offered human sacrifice in remembrance of their ancestral spirits and to seek their protection against their enemies. The Asante Kingdom is one of several examples included in this study of human sacrifice and ritual killing on the African continent. Case studies include practices in Sierra Leone, Tanzania (Mainland), Zanzibar, Uganda and Swaziland. Advertisements relating to the occult was a common feature of Drum magazine, the popular South African magazine in Southern, Eastern and Central Africa in late years of colonial and early years of postcolonial periods, indicating a wide belief in these practices among the people in these countries? Each case examined is introduced by an expose of folklore that puts in perspective beliefs in the supernatural and how folklore continues to perpetuate them. Through careful study of these select cases, this book highlights general features of human sacrifice which recur with striking uniformity in all parts of sub Saharan Africa, and why they persist until today. He draws upon extensive written sources to expose these practices in other cultures including those in Western societies.

Human Sacrifice. [By Sir J. E. E. D. Acton?]

Thus it became a regular habit to offer to the gods the flesh of slaughtered
captives ; and this custom is the vast background of the human sacrifices of
America. In some cases, as among the Caribees, cannibalism long survived the
sacrifice of ...

Author : John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Baron Acton

Release : 1864

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Inka Human Sacrifice and Mountain Worship

Strategies for Empire Unification Thomas Besom. lNKA HUMAN SACRIFICE ~
and4 M QUJSLTALN \XLORS H l P THOMAS BESOM lNKA HUMAN SACRIFICE
and MOUNTAIN WORSHIP. Front Cover.

Author : Thomas Besom

Release : 2013-04-15

Publisher : UNM Press

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The Inka empire was the largest pre-Columbian polity in the New World. Its vast expanse, its ethnic diversity, and the fact that the empire may have been consolidated in less than a century have prompted much scholarly interest in its creation. In this study, Besom explores the ritual practices of human sacrifice and the worship of mountains, attested in both archaeological investigations and ethnohistorical sources, as tools in the establishment and preservation of political power. Besom examines the relationship between symbols, ideology, ritual, and power to demonstrate how the Cuzqueños could have used rituals to manipulate common Andean symbols to uphold their authority over subjugated peoples. He considers ethnohistoric accounts of the categories of human sacrifice to gain insights into related rituals and motives, and reviews the ethnohistoric evidence of mountain worship to predict locations as well as motives. He also analyzes specific archaeological sites and assemblages, theorizing that they were the locations of sacrifices designed to assimilate subject peoples, bind conquered lands to the state, and/or justify the extraction of local resources.

Not Sparing the Child: Human Sacrifice in the Ancient World and Beyond

Daphna Arbel, Paul C. Burns, J.R.C. Cousland, Richard Menkis, Dietmar Neufeld
. DEATH AND THE MAIDEN: HUMAN SACRIFICE IN EURIPIDES' ANDROMEDA
* C. W. Marshall While the concept of human ...

Author : Daphna Arbel

Release : 2015-02-26

Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN : 0567352633

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The role of human sacrifice in the ancient Mediterranean world and its implications continue to be topics that fire the popular imagination and engender scholarly discussion and controversy. This volume provides balanced and judicious treatments of the various facets of these topics from a cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural perspective. It provides nuanced examinations of ancient ritual, exploring the various meanings that human sacrifice held for antiquity, and examines its varied repercussions up into the modern world. The book explores evidence to shed new light on the origins of the rite, to whom these sacrifices were offered, and by whom they were performed. It presents fresh insights into the social and religious meanings of this practice in its varied biblical landscape and ancient contexts, and demonstrates how human sacrifice has captured the imagination of later writers who have employed it in diverse cultural and theological discourses to convey their own views and ideologies. It provides valuable perspectives for understanding key cultural, theological and ideological dimensions, such as the sacrifice of Christ, scapegoating,self-sacrifice and martyrdom in post-biblical and modern times.

Human Sacrifice

The focus is on the archaeology of human sacrifice, but where available, textual and iconographic sources provide valuable complements to the interpretation of the material.

Author : Laerke Recht

Release : 2018-12-20

Publisher : Cambridge University Press

ISBN : 1108687776

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Sacrifice is not simply an expression of religious beliefs. Its highly symbolic nature lends itself to various kinds of manipulation by those carrying it out, who may use the ritual in maintaining and negotiating power and identity in carefully staged 'performances'. This Element will examine some of the many different types of sacrifice and ritual killing of human beings through history, from Bronze Age China and the Near East to Mesoamerica to Northern Europe. The focus is on the archaeology of human sacrifice, but where available, textual and iconographic sources provide valuable complements to the interpretation of the material.