Human Sacrifice, Then and Now

Source: Brownstone Institute
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“Was human sacrifice periodic and bound up with confusion and crisis or was it daily, ongoing, and all-consuming for life in the Mayan and Aztec empires? We might seek, for example, to understand the religious basis of the whole practice. They believed that the gods had made great sacrifices for them to live in exchange for which sacrifices had to be made back to the gods. The high priests understood it, believed in it, and explained it to the people. This is hardly a claim unique to these native religions. Some versions of the same can be found in every major religion in every part of the world. … One way to understand these systems is to look at them not as culture and religion – those are very often merely covers for a deeper motivation – but instead consider the dynamics of power.” (01/16/23)