How did ritual sacrifices work in ancient times

Updated: Mar 8

How did ritual sacrifices work in ancient times
How did ritual sacrifices work in ancient times

What is religious sacrifice and why do it

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.

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 human sacrifice 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.

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 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

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 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 divine laws they must get in return the same equivalent in energy, one way or the other, from the universe or gods.

The sacrifice rituals had to fulfill 3 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 sent “encoded” in energy vibrations, and the instruments used by priests for this were: soul of the sacrificed animal/human, specific incantations, energy of participants, prayers, etc.

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

If all conditions above were successfully met, and if there were no “debts” of the community to that God from past times, and also if Mother Earth also approved, then the expected results (rain, crops, luck in war etc.) would be obtained with a high probability.

Of course that statistically, over time and due to the difficulty of meeting simultaneously all conditions, there was also a rate of failure, but top priests in ancient times were able to control in many cases all conditions.

Actually, also in modern times, in witchcraft rituals, the same principles and tools are used, just that instead of public sessions these rituals are kept private. The mechanism is nevertheless identical.

We also exercise sacrifice in daily life in a basic form, by using our intuition to reach some specific goal on longer term, that is when we abstain from instant gratification and we keep investing time and effort towards that goal. In time, the 4th law will start to work in our favor after we invested enough energy, provided there are no obstacles that we don't know about in reaching that goal, like if the desired goal goes against our life purpose.

Due to modernism, and the disconnection of humanity from such kind of religious beliefs,

these ancient methods of obtaining the favor of gods for achieving goals fell into oblivion. Nevertheless, the universal mechanisms mentioned above that supported these sacrifice rituals are still in place, and can still be used by knowledgeable persons.

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