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By Dennis D. Hughes

Various old texts describe human sacrifices and different kinds of formality killing: in 480 BC Themistocles sacrifices 3 Persian captives to Dionysus; human scapegoats referred to as pharmakoi are expelled every year from Greek towns, and in response to a few authors they're killed; Locrin ladies are hunted down and slain through the Trojans; on Mt Lykaion youngsters are sacrificed and ate up via the worshippers; and lots of different texts file human sacrifices played on a regular basis within the cult of the gods or in the course of emergencies reminiscent of warfare and plague. Archaeologists have often proposed human sacrifice as a proof for his or her discoveries: from Minoan Crete kid's bones with knife-cut marks, the skeleton of a adolescence mendacity on a platform with a bronze blade resting on his chest, skeletons, occasionally certain, within the dromoi of Mycenaean and Cypriot chamber tombs; and twin man-woman burials, the place it's endorsed that the girl was once slain or took her personal existence on the man's funeral. If the archaeologists' interpretations and the claims within the historical assets are authorised, they current a bloody and violent photo of the non secular lifetime of the traditional Greeks, from the Bronze Age good into ancient occasions. however the writer expresses warning. in lots of situations replacement, if much less sensational, motives of the archaeological are attainable; and it may well usually be proven that human sacrifices within the literary texts are legendary or that overdue authors stressed legendary information with genuine practices.Whether the proof is authorised or no longer, this research deals a desirable glimpse into the non secular considered the traditional Greeks and into altering smooth conceptions in their non secular behaviour.

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