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How did ritual sacrifices work in ancient times

Updated: May 5, 2023

Ritual sacrifices were a common practice in ancient times, and they played a significant role in the religious and cultural beliefs of many societies. Sacrifices were performed for a variety of reasons, such as appeasing gods, seeking protection from harm, and ensuring a bountiful harvest or successful hunt.

In this post, we will explore how ritual sacrifices worked in ancient times.


How ritual sacrifices started

As we all know from history, ancient populations had strong religious rituals that included many times also ritual sacrifices. Sacrifice is defined as “an act of offering to a deity something precious.


First and foremost, it's essential to understand that ritual sacrifices varied widely between different cultures and regions. However, some general patterns can be observed across many societies. In most cases, the sacrifice involved the offering of an animal or sometimes even a human being to a god or gods. The type of animal or human sacrificed and the manner in which the sacrifice was performed varied depending on the specific religious tradition.


Ancient people were pragmatic and when their priests, at least in the beginning times when the ritual was first introduced, could produce tangible results by sacrificing something valuable to deities starting from grains to cattle and even humans, they obviously believed in it and continued doing it.


The idea of sacrifice to deities has its roots in deep prehistory, in the evolution of human behavior. From its historical occurrences, it seems mostly associated with neolithic or nomadic cultures, on the emergent edge of civilization.

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Ritual sacrifices in antiquity

Human sacrifice has been practiced on a number of different occasions and in many different cultures. The various rationales behind human sacrifice are the same that motivate religious sacrifice in general. Human sacrifice is intended to bring good fortune and to pacify the gods, for example in the context of the dedication of a completed building like a temple or bridge.


In ancient Japan, legends talk about hitobashira ("human pillar"), in which maidens were buried alive at the base or near some constructions to protect the buildings against disasters or enemy attacks. Almost identical accounts appear in the Balkans.


For the re-consecration of the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan in 1487, the Aztecs reported that they killed about 80,400 prisoners over the course of four days! According to Ross Hassig, author of Aztec Warfare, "between 10,000 and 80,400 persons" were sacrificed in the ceremony.


Human sacrifice can also have the intention of winning the gods' favor in warfare. In Homeric legend, Iphigeneia was to be sacrificed by her father Agamemnon to appease the goddess Artemis so she would allow the Greeks to wage the Trojan War.

Rest assured that over thousands of years of practicing the sacrifice ritual over an entire planet and in almost all religions, if the ritual wouldn’t have worked in a good percentage it would have been abandoned quickly as other rituals have been abandoned. Concrete experience filters out in time what is not working even if it’s backed by some religious justification …


How a sacrifice works based on the universal laws

By using my higher visions and ability to perceive energies and identify souls, I studied how energies move during ritual sacrifices and how souls interact with each other and with higher entities (gods).

Let me explain to you how the sacrifice actually worked energy-wise by relying on the Universal fundamental laws. What the priests were taught by their teachers was actually a downgraded version of the 4th law of the universe “The energy must remain in balance”, which translates down here in the lower vibrations where we are in “What you put is what you get back”.


In lay terms, the priests knew by experience that if you give something voluntarily (sacrifice) to a higher instance like a saint or god who is supposed to mediate between humans and higher gods, then by the automatic mechanism of cosmic laws they must get in return the same equivalent in energy, one way or the other, from the universe or gods.


Conditions for a successful sacrifice ritual

The sacrifice rituals had to fulfill four main conditions to be successful:

  1. To sacrifice something of relevance, the more precious the sacrifice the better, since you could expect a better return in energy from Creation. If you sacrificed a sheep you could expect a certain return, while if you sacrificed a human your expectations would be much higher.

  2. To direct the sacrifice correctly, in a specific time window, to the God specialized in what they needed (e.g., if they were Romans and wanted better crops they addressed their sacrifice to goddess Ceres and not to god Mercury, for instance).

  3. To be as specific as possible about what they wanted, when they wanted, and what would they suffer if they won’t get what they ask. The requests were thus sent “encoded” in energy vibrations to the gods by means of prayers. The tools and resources used by priests for this purpose were: the soul of the sacrificed animal/human, specific incantations, the energy of participants, prayers, etc.

  4. The priest that conducts the sacrifice needed to be powerful both energetically and knowledgeable spiritually concerning the connection with his specific God.

To achieve a desired outcome, ancient societies believed that they had to fulfill certain conditions, such as offering sacrifices to their gods, and gaining approval from Mother Earth. If all these conditions were met, and there were no debts to the gods from the past, then it was highly likely that the expected results, such as rainfall, successful crops, and luck in war, would be obtained.


Despite the statistical possibility of failure due to the difficulty of meeting all the conditions at once, the top priests in ancient times were often successful in controlling all the necessary factors. Actually, the highest and most experienced priests would also access the Akashic records prior to a sacrifice to read there if the auspices and circumstances for the planned sacrifice were the right ones.

This practice of sacrifice that has been continued in modern times, with witchcraft rituals using the same principles and tools, albeit in private.


In our daily lives, we exercise a form of sacrifice through our intuition to achieve long-term goals by abstaining from instant gratification and investing time and effort. If we invest enough energy towards our desired goals, and there are no unknown obstacles that go against our life purpose, the 4th law will eventually start working in our favor.


Unfortunately, due to modernism and the disconnection of humanity from religious beliefs, these ancient methods of achieving goals through the favor of the gods have been largely forgotten. However, the universal mechanisms that supported these sacrifice rituals still exist and can still be utilized by knowledgeable individuals.


Therefore, it is important to understand and acknowledge the power of these mechanisms and to be mindful of the conditions necessary for success. With the right knowledge and approach, anyone can achieve their desired outcomes by utilizing the principles of sacrifice and approval from the universe.


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