posted on Jun, 23 2012 @ 02:11 AM
Actually, human sacrifice probably goes way, way back and, I believe, is the source of religion, not the other way around.
At a time when our ancestors consisted of nomadic tribes, everybody had to contribute. If someone didn't do his or her share, the whole tribe could
die out. Imagine a heavily handicapped baby or an elder who could not even pick berries anymore. Feeding this person for more than a few months would
cost the tribe dearly. They would even have to carry this person during their long treks. Quite a burden on the tribe (and I'm saying this in a
The elder person would understand this and would probably willingly give up their lives for the survival of the tribe. But a baby? The heavily
handicapped baby would never grow into a contributor and would represent a burden on the tribe for 50, 60, 70 years (when you clean up the historical
crap, there is no evidence that our lifespan has had any significant increase, once you exclude deaths between the ages of 0 and 10).
So the only logical thing to do is to kill the baby. But who will do it? Even in these primitive societies, I'm sure there would not have been a lot
of volunteers and the person who did the deed would carry it with him or her the rest of their life. Even if everybody understood and agreed on why it
I believe that after a while, in order to make these deaths more bearable, religion was invented as a kind of moral justification. And by naming a
priest, you had someone who could slay the child without having to bear the guilt. From this, religion grew and expanded.
Sacrifices of prisoners and enemies were done for the same reason; if you can't feed them, they'll end up being the death of you. Animal sacrifices
probably grew out of this. As civilizations grew, there were no more need to sacrifice humans, but to keep up the rituals, animals were used
It's all practical really when you think about it.