Why did ritual sacrifice last as long as it did?

Why did ritual sacrifice last as long as it did? Surely people would have figured out pretty quickly that killing their favourite goat didn't actually have any effect on the weather?

  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's especially noteworthy that ritual sacrifice was done away with first and foremost because it was considered disgusting long before anyone considered it to be ineffective

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Because it legit works you retards. Animals sacrifice unironically CAN influence the weather, or give you good luck. The funny thing is that you pretentiously mock the people of old for doing something you ignorantly believe doesn't work despite having never had the chance to even test if your beliefs (which you lazily digested from others telling you ritual sacrifice is nonsense instead of actually inquiring into the subject) are true or not. Ironically, you think your ancestors were foolish for just going with the grain of society like sheep on the basis of an opinion you got by just going with the grain of society like a sheep. Because despite being done continuously by a fuckton of cultures around the world for thousands of years without a shred of doubt that it works... no, it surely must just be a silly little absurdity.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Modernists unironically believe that nearly every culture across the globe starting sacrificing animals (and sometimes humans) to their gods for basically no reason, just to see if it works. It was usual the best part of the flock as well. Baffling how they can completely ignore the fact that the directive to sacrifice never comes from the people, it comes from experiences with the gods. The gods demand sacrifice.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          See

          >without a shred of doubt that it works..
          If that is the case surely you've got research to back it up? A cut and dry result like that is easy to verify statistically.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >Modernists unironically believe that nearly every culture across the globe starting sacrificing animals (and sometimes humans) to their gods for basically no reason, just to see if it works. It was usual the best part of the flock as well.
          Yeah that's why the priests are the sacrifice. It's basically payment for playing a ceremonial role that doesn't produce anything material but helps with social cohesion.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Fuck meant to write "priests ate the sacrifice". This is funnier though.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >without a shred of doubt that it works..
        If that is the case surely you've got research to back it up? A cut and dry result like that is easy to verify statistically.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Take meds.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The human brain is designed to find patterns, sometimes patterns that don't actually exist. It's why people are prone to develop rituals of luck. Religious rituals of prosperity and security are much the same except with extrapolation of deific desires.
    >God wants good goat
    >We give god good goat
    >We win battle
    >General says we keep winning if we sacrifice good goat before battle
    >We keep winning
    >This is because we sacrifice goat before battle and not because we have a good general, are better trained and equipped, or have higher morale due to belief in the certainty of our victory

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    you know they ate sacrificed animals right? A meal shared with the gods. The Iliad and story of Prometheus show evidence of this, with the fat, some organs and bones being the gods share of the sacrifice. Records of Saturnalia feasts, Celts leaving out cream for fey, Japs have all sorts of food offerings and even Aztec warriors got to eat some captured enemy warrior sacrifice meat. Early christian law preventing consumption of sacrificial meats where there for a reason.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >you know they ate sacrificed animals right
      the hubris holy shit

      no wonder they got raped out of existence by christcucks

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Because they hated the only true God and would rather worship rocks than Him

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It pleased Ishtar (pbuh) so it was good.

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I don't know, but as someone who has OCD I might have some insight. When you have OCD you might get very strange compulsions like "I need to turn this light switch on and off exactly 8 times or else something horrible will happen to my relative". And the rational part of your mind knows that it's bullshit but you still feel the emotion of the dread of what might happen if you don't obey the compulsion. I suspect that superstition and stuff like ritual sacrifice might have something to do with the same part of the mind that OCD affects. OCD compulsions are overall very similar to superstition. It's possible that for whatever reason, people in the past were more prone to what we would now call OCD than people nowadays are. Plus back then people did not have a modern physics kind of understanding of why things happen so as far as they knew, maybe gods did really exist and really did care about goat sacrifices. And once the ball got rolling on having a tradition of sacrifice, it would be hard to reverse because it would be like "well, we could sacrifice the goat just to make sure, like our elders say we should, and that would be pretty easy to do - or we could not do it and risk the possibility that this actually would make some god mad and fuck all of us over".

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    People need a distraction and have a psychological need to mob together and kill. That is why it was done, that is why it took so long to go away. In its place society created human scapegoats.

  8. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Surely people would have figured out pretty quickly that killing their favourite goat didn't actually have any effect on the weather?
    It seemingly had an effect on whatever they experienced as their god. Most sacrifices were a shared meal, not a purchase of a service.

  9. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You could say the same thing about gambling.
    Playing a slot machine generally won't make you profit, but lots of people still throw their money away on them every day.
    Ritualistic compulsions help people reduce stressful uncertainty.

  10. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

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