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« Reply #20: August 25, 2010, 12:09:54 pm »

At that, were I to be working within the context of that practice, I would practice it as an individual using self sacrifice as opposed to attempting to recreate the social structure which allowed for large scale human sacrifice.

Were I to attempt to create a Recon version of human sacrifice as practiced in MesoAmerican faith, then I would first need a town full of people who recognized my right to perform the sacrifice and believed it necessary.  The society demanded sacrifice not the individual practitioner.  Without the society to sacrifice on behalf of, ritualized killing in this case, can't be recreated in any meaningful way.

To the thread, in these cultures you grew up knowing that you very well might end up on the block.  It was considered an honor.  A whole different way of thinking.  To the degree of making yourself willing as not to shame your gods or your family.

The Aztec Flower Wars were religious ritual drama, essentially 'capturing' prisoners who had gone into the battle knowing the dice roll.  They would either be venerated as a great warrior, or as an honored offering.  They accepted it the moment they laced up their sneakers in the morning.  When a prisoner was offered up, it was as "my most honored son".

Eventually people did get less willing when it became more of a political tool and some towns were bearing more of the 'honor' than they felt fair, but in a purely religious context the sacrifices were usually willing.

As for the blood obtained in self sacrifice, the uses and methods vary.  A maguey or agave thorn - or the edge of the plant (toothed) was a fairly common method of obtaining blood, as was obsidian blades or other piercing tools.  The mouth, ear, heel and arms are all well workable and recon correct locations.  Depending on the god or the query, depends on the use of the offering.  Eg. an offering made before traveling might involve a cut to the back of the heel and allowing the blood to run till it touched the ground and dry naturally before being allowed to wear away over the course of the journey.

I'm gonna tell my son to join a circus so that death is cheap
And games are just another way of life
And I'm gonna tell my son to be a prophet of mistakes
Because for every truth there are half a million lies
And I'm gonna lock my son up in a tower
Till he learns to let his hair down far enough to climb outside.
-LIz Pahir

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