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Paper: Ritual human sacrifice effect on stratification

  1. Apr 5, 2016 #1

    jim mcnamara

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    I posted this in discussion because it was interesting, IMO, and does not fit anywhere on PF

    http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature17159.html
    Ritual human sacrifice promoted and sustained the evolution of stratified societies

    The hypothesis is: more use of human sacrifice in the past, results in increased stratification of the extant modern culture. The data are from a single SE Asian language family.

    For me, the ISIS atrocities come to mind as a modern example of control using ritual homicide. 'Ritual homicide' is a staged execution, my definition.
     
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  3. Apr 6, 2016 #2

    Fervent Freyja

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    Interesting, I will have to re-read it later.

    Yep, it can be defined as staged- how else could they manipulate/control a larger group if nobody witnessed it? Ritual sacrifice would have been very similar to ritual homicide we see now, same circumstance?

    It's disgusting and terrible what these people are doing, have you watched the videos? Being thrown out of windows one after another while the group below watches? Lining them up all together makes it worse for me to watch, it is evident that they value no human life, not even their own.
     
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  4. Apr 10, 2016 #3
    Well, if you think about it from the sociologist's perspective, as long as a society values sacrifice, fulfilling that value is essentially achieving a sort of equilibrium, if you will. Either straying from that norm or witnessing that society from a different set of values will undoubtedly cause moral conflict.

    Maybe Machiavelli has a say somewhere in this.
     
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