Recently I started researching the concept of human sacrifice, after I realized that it’s strange so many people revere ancient Aztec culture but fail to understand that certain people who claimed to rule over the society instituted policies of religious human sacrifice.
I was interested in the topic because there are parallels to the modern practice of sending soldiers to die in war, and human sacrifice. Different actions undertaken by the state and its allies actually cause people to die, and can be looked at as modern forms of human sacrifice. The question is, does anyone in power today actually have a religious belief in human sacrifice?
Here are 7 ancient societies that ritualistically killed infants, children, and adults for some supposed spiritual purposes. It’s a practice so horrific, so unjustifiable and strange, it baffles the mind to wonder how they could be convinced to do such a thing.
I suspect that the reason they did this was something stranger than what we know. I don’t know why they did it, but it makes little sense that they killed human beings to sacrifice to gods that were actually imaginary.
1. The Aztecs
Just like other ancient cultures that worshiped the Sun, they sacrifice people. They would basically cut out people’s hearts to supposedly participate in something called liberating the istli, reuniting someone’s soul with the Sun.
It’s commonly known that the Aztecs practiced human sacrifice, and they are of course native to Central Mexico, particularly the people who spoke the Nahuatl language.
Late in the day for ancient societies to practice it, they allegedly did this from the 1300’s to 1500’s until the Spanish conquered them. The Spanish were violent, ruthless conquerors and the Aztec leaders supposedly sacrificed people. It seems that forever, the people in power anywhere have been corrupt and insane.
2. The Celts
The Iron Age, and Medieval European tribal societies known as Celts reportedly practiced human sacrifice as part of religious rituals.
A Greek geographer and philosopher named Strabo discussed Celtic human sacrifice in his book titled Geography, saying:
“they [the Celts] would strike a man who had been consecrated for sacrifice in the back with a sword, and make prophecies based on his death-spasms; and they would not sacrifice without the presence of the Druids.”
Apparently an infamous figure known as the “wicker man” is involved, continuing from Strabo’s book:
“They would construct a huge figure of straw and wood, and having thrown cattle and all manner of wild animals and humans into it, they would make a burnt offering of the whole thing.”
How could so many cultures all believe the same thing, when it sounds so unnatural and violently opposed to the natural order?
Some scholars have debated the account of Strabo, but this was proven to be reality when a male body was found in a Lindow swamp, proving that the Celts sacrificed people. The body from that era was reportedly beaten, strangled, and his throat was cut before being thrown into the swamp.
3. The Chinese
A very long time ago in China, from around 1600 BC- 1046 BC officially, human sacrifice was practiced on a sickeningly large scale during the Shang Dynasty.
These sacrifices were for purposes of both religious communication and political control. Three distinct types of sacrifices existed: pit, foundation, and internment sacrifices.
Pit sacrifices were young, healthy able men who would be cut into pieces and buried shamefully without their possessions.
Babies and children were sacrificed in particularly violent ways, disrespectfully buried without their possessions under foundation sacrifices.
Under internment sacrifices, young girls were murdered and buried with a very slight amount of respect compared to the rest.
4. The Carthaginians
The society of Carthage was a very wealthy and powerful ancient civilization. More wealth and power? That means more evil.
It was a Semitic civilization resting on the Phoenician city-state known as Carthage, outside what is now Tunisia in Northern Africa.
They killed infants to “gain favor with the gods,” and to preserve the wealth of the wealthy. They are notorious for sacrificing babies and small children.
Around 20,000 babies were sacrificed between 800 BC And 146 BC as the Romans conquered Carthage.
5. The Etruscans
These are ancient Italians, who lived in what is now known as Tuscany. Scholars really didn’t want to believe these people preceding the Roman Catholic Church and Roman Empire were into human sacrifice.
The truth is, they too ritualistically killed children. An 8 year old boy from the era was found decapitated, with his feet carefully placed underneath a wall and at the base of something, like a “foundation deposit.” A stone altar and occult symbols of secular power were all put at the scene.
This society was particularly wealthy, and powerful. The powerful and wealthy always end up doing the most harm to people, and it’s been that way forever.
6. The Hawaiians
Unfortunately the Hawaiians also practiced human sacrifice, according to people that actually may not be trustworthy as they were in the business of conquering lands like Hawaii. An account comes from Jacques Arago, from the early 1800’s.
Apparently Ancient Hawaiians believed that Ku, their god of war and defense could be eased by killing people.
However, these captives were mostly chiefs from other tribes, not innocent people. It’s pretty barbaric though: they took sweat from the hung people and put it on the bodies of priests. They they would beat the flesh of the sacrifice, disemboweled them, and eat the human flesh raw or cook it: unbelievable.
7. The Mesopotamians
People know about this one: Babylon is famous for human sacrifice, it was located in Mesopotamia, or modern day Iraq.
The Bible talks about child sacrifice in Babylon, and the official narrative says that adults were sacrificed to accompany their leaders in the afterlife. The truth probably isn’t pretty.
In conclusion, what could possibly persuade all of these ancient people of wealth and influence to start instituting policies of human sacrifice? Is there something we don’t know?
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6 Year Old Finds Fossil In Family Garden That May be 488 Million Years Old
Children have a natural fascination with rocks, with many of us having spent some days as children standing awe-struck at our museums or science centers looking at dazzling arrays of stones, or learning about the different types that can be found out our local beaches, parks, or hiking trails.
However, none of us managed to make the sort of discovery that one young boy in the U.K. did.
Siddak Singh Jhamat, known as Sid, found a fossil in his garden that dates back millions of years.
Sid found the fossil in his backyard garden in the town of Walsall using a simple fossil-hunting kit he received as a gift, reports the BBC.
His father Vish Singh was then able to identify the fossil as a horn corral that dates back 251 to 488 million years with the help of a Facebook fossil group.
“I was just digging for worms and things like pottery and bricks and I just came across this rock which looked a bit like a horn, and thought it could be a tooth or a claw or a horn, but it was actually a piece of coral which is called horn coral,” Sid explained.
“I was really excited about what it really was.”
His father Vish added:
“We were surprised he found something so odd-shaped in the soil… he found a horn coral, and some smaller pieces next to it, then the next day he went digging again and found a congealed block of sand.
“In that there were loads of little molluscs and sea shells, and something called a crinoid, which is like a tentacle of a squid, so it’s quite a prehistoric thing.”
The father believes that the distinctive markings on the fossil make it a Rugosa coral, meaning it could be up to 488 million years old.
“The period that they existed from was between 500 and 251 million years ago, the Paleozoic Era,” Vish said.
“England at the time was part of Pangea, a landmass of continents. England was all underwater as well… that’s quite significant expanse of time.”
Researchers Find 50,000-Year-Old Frozen Body of Extinct Woolly Rhino in Siberia
Researchers in Siberia have stumbled upon the 50,000 year-old remains of a rare woolly rhinoceros that was trapped in permafrost.
The remains of the woolly rhino were excavated from the Abyisky district of the Sakha Republic. The rhino was first discovered by a local in Siberia named Alexei Savin, Business Insider reported.
Savvin stumbled upon the remarkable find walking near the Tirekhtyakh River in Yakutia, Siberia last August.
It’s worth noting that this woolly rhino was found close to the site where a previous baby woolly rhino named Sasha was discovered back in the year 2014. Woolly Rhinos were once believed to have been prevalent in Europe, Russia and northern Asia thousands upon thousands of years ago until they ended up extinct.
Paleontologist Albert Protopopov of the Academy of Sciences of the Sakha Republic unveiled that the baby woolly rhino would have been approximately three to four years old when it died presumably from drowning.
The only other woolly rhino thus far that has been discovered in these regions — Sasha — was dated to be from around 34,000 years ago. However, Protopopov suggests that the newly discovered body could be anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 years old.
However, despite the body being there for so long according to Protopopov “among other things, part of the internal organs are preserved, which in the future will make it possible to study in more detail how the species ate and lived.”
Protopopov further added, “Earlier, not even the bone remains of individuals of this age were found, not to mention the preserved carcasses of animals. As a rule, these were either cubs or adults.”
A fellow paleontologist Valery Plotnikov from the Academy of Sciences further adds, “We have learned that woolly rhinoceroses were covered in very thick hair. Previously, we could judge this only from rock paintings discovered in France. Now, judging by the thick coat with the undercoat, we can conclude that the rhinoceroses were fully adapted to the cold climate very much from a young age.”
Isaac Newton’s Secret “Burnt” Notes Included Theory That Great Pyramids Predicted Apocalypse
Sir Isaac Newton, one of the most famous scientists of recorded history, left behind a large body of work that is still vital in our understanding of the world today. However, as with many public intellectuals, he also had plenty of work that was never shared with the public, even after his death.
Now, for the first time ever, some of these unpublished notes are being auctioned off, and these notes contain some of his most wild theories, and includes his thoughts on the occult, alchemy, and biblical apocalypse theory. Newton was known to dabble in the more esoteric realms of study, but very little written evidence remains about his specific thoughts on mystical topics.
Some of the remaining manuscript notes are currently being auctioned by Sotheby’s. The notes have been through a lot, and are obviously burned. The auctioneers claim that the notes were damaged in a fire that is believed to have been started by a candle that was accidentally toppled by Newton’s dog, Diamond.
According to the auction listing, “These notes are part of Newton’s astonishingly complex web of interlinking studies – natural philosophy, alchemy, theology – only parts of which he ever believed were appropriate for publication. It is not surprising that he did not publish on alchemy, since secrecy was a widely-held tenet of alchemical research, and Newton’s theological beliefs, if made public, would have cost him (at least) his career.”
The notes currently have a leading bid of £280,000, the equivalent of about $375,000.
In the notes, Newton speaks on some far-out topics that would surprise modern thinkers. For example, Newton’s notes include a theory that ancient Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza predicted the apocalypse. While it is unclear what logic he used to get to his conclusion, the theory began with his study of how the pyramids were designed according to an ancient Egyptian unit of measurement called the royal cubit.
While studying the pyramids and the cubit, Newton believed he developed an insight into sacred geometry, which somehow aligned with the apocalypse predictions in the bible.
“He was trying to find proof for his theory of gravitation, but in addition the ancient Egyptians were thought to have held the secrets of alchemy that have since been lost. Today, these seem disparate areas of study – but they didn’t seem that way to Newton in the 17th century,” Gabriel Heaton, Sotheby’s manuscript specialist, told The Guardian.
“It’s a wonderful confluence of bringing together Newton and these great objects from classical antiquity which have fascinated people for thousands of years. The papers take you remarkably quickly straight to the heart of a number of the deepest questions Newton was investigating,” Heaton added.
Interest in alchemy and mysticism was not unusual for serious scholars at the time, in fact, it was recognized as a legitimate field of scientific study.
“The idea of science being an alternative to religion is a modern set of thoughts. Newton would not have believed that his scientific work could undermine religious belief. He was not trying to disprove Christianity – this is a man who spent a long time trying to establish the likely time period for the biblical apocalypse. That’s why he was so interested in the pyramids,” Heaton said.