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Author Topic: Historical human and animal sacrifice  (Read 23290 times)
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« Reply #5: March 26, 2011, 07:49:08 pm »


While perusing the "Human sacrifice" thread listed under related topics, someone, possibly Collinsky but forgive me if I'm wrong as it was a very long thread and it's a little hard to track down the specific post, brought up an interesting question. If the gods back then required sacrifices, but no longer require them, what has changed? Have humans simply grown in their understanding of the nature of these deities and ways to connect with them and have changed their culture to reflect that new understanding, or have the gods themselves changed thus accounting for the shift in culture as human beings have adapted to the changes in the gods?

I eat meat.

The only way ordinary people would generally have much meat in their diets was if they got to partake in the sacrificial offerings.

What's to reconcile?

I don't really see how that's related unless you happen to own your own farm and butcher your own animals. I mean, even if you dedicate a part of every meal to members of your particular pantheon, the person who slaughtered the animal you're eating probably never intended the animal to be used as an offering. It's like you're at the mall and someone accidentally drops one of their coins in the fountain while counting their change and you figure, "Oh well, no sense in letting it go to waste. I might as well make a wish for good luck." The person who dropped the coin wasn't intending it to be used in such a way. You're just kind of taking advantage of an unrelated situation. Not that there'd be anything necessarily wrong with that, why squander a fortuitous opportunity, but it's not the same as you deliberately throwing one of your own coins into the fountain with the direct intention of making a wish after doing so.
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