Human beings are considered to be the highly intelligent species who spear head civilization across planet earth. While we have achieved greatness in our discoveries and innovations, a considerable part of our history that speaks of human sacrifices, shows a massive lack of reasoning created from the myths that would spread fear of blood thirsty Gods and deities that constantly needed to be appeased. Here are the scariest real life human sacrifice stories ranging from centuries ago to current day threats.
1.The Mayan Blood Sacrifices
During the pre-Colombian era, Mayans strongly believed in a strange nourishing power of human blood that could replenish deities. The Mayans conducted their ceremonial sacrifice by decapitation and/or heart extraction. Other methods of sacrifice included ritually shooting the victim with arrows, hurling victims into a deep sinkhole, entombing alive to accompany a noble burial, tying the victim into a ball for a ritual reenactment of the Mesoamerican ballgame and disembowelment.
2.Aztec Human Sacrifices.
Human sacrifice was a religious practice of pre-Colombian Aztec civilization as well. In the usual procedure of the ritual, the victim would be taken to the top of the temple and then laid on a stone slab by four priests, to be sliced open by a fifth priest with a ceremonial knife made of flint. The heart would be removed and placed in a bowl held by a statue of the honored god, while the body was thrown down the temple’s stairs.
3.Incan Children Sacrifices
The Inca practice of ritualistic human sacrifice was known as Qhapaq hucha. Child sacrifices were done for important events, such as the death of an emperor or during a famine. The emperor would feast with the selected children who were cleaned regularly, fattened up, drugged with coca leaves and dressed in fine clothing and jewelry before the ritual. Upon reaching the burial site, the children were given an intoxicating drink to minimize pain, fear, and resistance. They were then killed either by strangulation, a blow to the head, or by leaving them to lose consciousness in the extreme cold and die of exposure.
4.Child Sacrifice in Carthage
Carthage was notorious for their rituals of child sacrifice. Some historians have claimed that child sacrifice to the god Baal-hamon was frequent and prominent considering the large number of remains of infants and children uncovered within sites in Carthage.
5.Moche Temple in Peru
The human remains — mutilated, dismembered, and buried in pits – found in the Moche Temple serve as evidence suggesting the Moche ritually slaughtered war captives. Approximately 70 sacrifice victims have been found there so far. The victims were killed, displayed, and later swept into pits. Sacrifice ceremonies are depicted in Moche artwork, often showing the killing of bound, naked men. Priests and priestesses are portrayed offering goblets filled with the victims’ blood to supernatural beings. The sacrifice victims’ bones were then left for vultures.
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