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  • Yes, of willing initiates

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  • Yes, of unwilling members of our own nation/race

    1 6.25%
  • Yes, of captured enemy warriors

    3 18.75%
  • Yes, of a different group

    3 18.75%
  • I'm not sure

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Thread: Human Sacrifice: A Valid Spiritual Practice?

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    Human Sacrifice: A Valid Spiritual Practice?

    Do you believe that human sacrifice is a valid, worthwhile spiritual practice? Why?
    In the beginning was the Logos, and the Logos was with God, and the Logos was God.
    -John 1:1

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    "Crops failing? Shit...must mean not enough people have been killed. Nah, couldn't depend on environmental and agricultural factors. Bring me 20 newborn children!"

    Absolutely not.
    There is no logical benefit of killing someone(+) to appease the Gods.
    One finds that civilizations who did practice human sacrifice on a large scale, were mainly ecclesiastical guided (Celts, Aztecs, Mayans, Incas, certain Germanic tribes, etc.), thus founded on superstitious nonsense rather than pragmatic solutions. In addition, there is a fine line between human sacrifice and execution, in the case of bog bodies found in the Low Countries and Jutland which are still under much speculation, and as far as to say Christ's sacrifice to humanity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elessar View Post
    In addition, there is a fine line between human sacrifice and execution, in the case of bog bodies found in the Low Countries and Jutland which are still under much speculation, and as far as to say Christ's sacrifice to humanity.
    Unless of course one considers certain laws as given by a God. In this case the execution of a criminal could be considered a sacrifice that is needed to restore the divine order that was upset by the actions of the criminal. For example, in the older Frisian law codes there are mention of what kind of punishment those who violated the sanctity of sacred places should receive.
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    cultivated by good examples and a refined education.
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    Exactly! As far as I know, the Semitic sacrifice of one's children was alien to ancient Germanics. Humans who were sacrificed by our ancestors were either criminals or slaves. Because the law was divine, criminals were sacrificed to the Gods, because they had broken the law of the Gods, not a human law. There was a lot more meaning to such a sacrifice than there is to modern ordinary death penalty. As for slaves, it depends on whether you think it is justified to own slaves or not.
    It's noteworthy that when human sacrifices disappeared, they were replaced by the sacrifice of symbols, think of bread in the shape of a human being for example. The same goes for animal sacrifice by the way.

    Edit: I voted "Yes, of a different group", meaning criminals who would already deserve the death penalty in my view.

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