In the traditions of many civilizations, religious sacrifices have been made to various gods for protection, rites of passage, and as a sign of respect. Some civilizations have even offered human beings as sacrifices. Human sacrifice was either voluntary or involuntary, and surprisingly enough, in most cultures it was voluntary. The victims offered themselves to be sacrificed for the greater good of the people or for honor from the gods. Some cases, though, showed involuntary sacrifice as a result of warfare and slavery.
They also provide vitality and continued life for the tribes through their meat, skins, and bones. In addition, they are a connection to the realm of spirits and the gods. This connection is seen through their use in the hunt, search for secrets and wisdom. Belief in sacred animals is widespread. Common to all of these is the notion that the animal is a manifestation of the sacred and thus possesses the dual attributes of beneficence (in healing, hunting, or agricultural magic) or danger (as expressed in taboos against their destruction or consumption).
The violence of the sacrifices was real and had a specific purpose. There seems to be a direct tie between religion and sacrifice in some aspects of the poem, but in others, there seems to be no correlation. So in reality, there are two purposes for animal sacrifice, better relationship with the gods and an outlet for aggression. For the poor animals being sacrificed, this isn't a good thing but for the men it is good. It provides a way to feel connected to something greater than what they are experiencing.
“Why are violence and the sacred so intertwined? Why is death seen as necessary to renew life?” —Micheal Wood From the grotesque brutality of the Aztecs to the inhumane slaying by the celtics; ritualistic human sacrifice has been practiced throughout history. Various cultures use society sanctioned killings for reasons such as to appease a higher power, predicting the future and up holding superstition. Sacrifice is best exemplified in Shirley Jackson’s short essay, “The Lottery” in which each year a community stones a fellow citizen in attempts to assure healthy crops. The motives behind ritualistic killings are described in the article “The practice of Human Sacrifice” by Dr. Mike Parker-Pearson.
Every year, over 39 million animals are killed inhumanely in the United States (Perdew). Many of these animals are not used for food and are often killed because they are not needed by the workers. These animals are abused and forced into harmful situations everyday for the selfish benefits of others. They are skinned, beaten, scalded, and slaughtered while still conscious and without any pain medication. Unfortunately, without any rights, animals are forced to go through immense amounts of suffering.
Below are my findings from three reputable sources. Animal sacrifice was one of the major rituals for many ancient civilizations, particularly the Greeks. Sacrifices were used to honor a god using an animal by a human. The main animals used for sacrifices were sheep and goats, but many others were used, a certain god favoring a certain animal. The Greeks sacrificed to the gods for three primary reasons: to honor, thank, or ask for a favor, according
Mutilation has always been practiced by humans throughout history for purposes such as ritual, folk medicine, aesthetics, or corporal punishment and has always been a big part of human culture. Mutilation relates to The Lottery are the use of tradition as an excuse to commit it, usually, it is done to satisfy the mind of a thought not being a necessity to live, and is a big part of human history. People often give the reason of it is tradition to continue gruesome mutilations. A very great example is bullfighting which is a spectacle in which men ceremonially fight with and in the Hispanic tradition kill bulls in an arena for public entertainment,” However, people who enjoy this spectacle say it is a complex ritual vital to Spanish culture, even though it is heinous and gruesome mutilation of a
In fact, nearly every culture where religion has been hailed as a way of life, sacrifice is present. Some examples of well known religions with sacrificial ways are Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Hinduism. The nuances that each religion implemented in their specific rituals may vary, but the initial concept stands that religion and sacrifice are closely related. One of the earliest examples of sacrifice, or libation as it is termed by the ancient Greeks, can be found in the story of Cain and Abel, in which Abel, the shepherd, offered to God the finest of his firstborn sheep. Cain, the worker of the land, brought to God some of his harvest.
To go further in depth about how cruel animal captivity can be, most animals are taken away from their mothers and their families. These poor animals are basically being kidnapped. It is a big crime to the human species for someone to get kidnapped and put into the trafficking system. Well, that is what is happening to these animals. They are getting kidnapped by humans and taken across the globe to sell for money.
Mahatma Gandhi (1915) once said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. Since the mid 19th century, animal testing has been prevalent throughout the world. Up to this date, about 115 million animals have been put to death each year for the use of animal testing which is thought to be used in the fields of medical research, drugs and cosmetic testing (International, n.d.). According to the Cruelty Free International Organization (2016), animal testing is not diminishing and in many parts of the world is increasing and is still at the same level as it was in the 1980s. Statistics show that an animal dies in a laboratory every 3 seconds, which makes animals suffer in torment and experience distress and misery more and more every year (Fieser, 2008).