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Capacocha: Pre-Columbian Child Sacrifice

The ritualistic killing of children was a common religious practice in some of the prominent pre-Colombian cultures. The Olmec civilization, which flourished in the tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico between 1200 and 400 BCE, may have been one such society. Evidence of the brutal practice was found in the El Manatí sacrificial bog, where the skeletons of an unknown number of infants were uncovered. How many times a year did the Aztecs celebrate religious festivals with child sacrifice? More...
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Child sacrifice was practised by Semites as well (Carthagenians are the best know example), including Jews. The evidence thereof can be found in Genesis 22 where Abraham wants to sacrifice his son Isaac to YHWH.
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I really object to the term Pre-Columbian. I am sure some PCers have suggested something else, but clearly no other term has caught on.

BC/AD has gone out of fashion, because it is ridiculous to relate world events to one particular religio-political event - although the numbers are still used, just with another name.
As a geologist, I use BP for Before Present (which has its issues as 'the present' is a bit shifty, so it is fixed at 1950, which is accurate enough to the timescales it is used for.)

But naming a culture in terms of something that happened after they existed - probably even after they disappeared - seems ridiculous. You don't refer to Chinese history as 'Pre-Communist' or British History as 'Pre-Empire' - it happened on its own terms.

Maybe we are in the 'Pre-Centaurian' phase on Earth, but since we don't know it yet, that is a totally irrelevant concept.
Give these cultures a little more respect other than naming them in terms of foreign invaders that arrived years later.

CJ - I don't think Abraham wanted to sacrifice his son, but he was prepared to because he was ordered to do so by his God. That is the point. A rather sick one, but the point nevertheless.
The very fact that that story made it into the book shows that people are shocked at the idea, which makes his obedience, in being willing to do it, all the more profound.
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