The Furry Ones Slain And Sacrificed To Bloodthirsty Deities

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Sacrifice of a lamb on a Pitsa Panel, Corinth, 540–530 BC (Public Domain)

The Furry Ones Slain And Sacrificed To Bloodthirsty Deities

It is beyond many people to even consider the killing of an animal, the sacrifice of the innocent in the name of a deity, but this was not the case in ancient times, and even in some parts of the modern world, where the killing of what are today regarded as ‘four legged friends’ was an essential part of life and death. When human cultures began shifting from hunter-gatherer lifestyles to agriculture around 12,000 years ago, the traditions of ancient hunting rituals were brought forward and domesticated livestock replaced wild beasts on the blood-stained stone altars of early human camps.

During the Neolithic Revolution the domesticated milking cow was the most sacrificed animal in Ancient Egypt (Public Domain)

During the Neolithic Revolution the domesticated milking cow was the most sacrificed animal in Ancient Egypt (Public Domain)

The Sacred Cattle Of Nabta Playa

During the early Holocene Period (9,000 – 6,100 BC) Nabta Playa to the west of Abu Simbel in Egypt’s western desert, about 800 kilometers (500 miles) south of modern-day Cairo, flooded annually and a great lake was surrounded by grasslands with an abundance of animals, which attracted nomadic hunter-gatherer-fisher tribes. It is known these people had domesticated animals, farmed, created ceramic vessels, dug deep fresh-water wells and maintained standing stone astronomical observatories more than 9,000 years ago, but they had also developed a rich tradition of sacrificing and ritually burying animals with more pomp and ceremony than they buried themselves.


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