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« Reply #26: August 25, 2010, 07:19:19 pm »

The average joe of that unit wasn't out sacrificing the neighbors kids.  That was reserved for the priestly class. ;-)

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.

I think that these are valuable points - particularly the fact that it wasn't something that regular folks were doing, that the actual act of human and other ritual sacrifice was primarily performed by the priests. There are instances of non-priests in different religions performing animal sacrifice, I don't know of any non-priest human sacrifice? That said, I haven't actually studied human sacrifice in historical religions -- I've mostly just written it off as an expression of a culture that has passed, rather than something that might have any role in modern life. Mostly for the reasons Ellen's brought up about morality, and not feeling that any god worthy of respect would require it or even be particularly pleased by it.
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