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Encyclopedia > Animal sacrifice
A sheep is led to the altar, 6th century BC Corinthian fresco.
A sheep is led to the altar, 6th century BC Corinthian fresco.
1652 illustration of the Ashvamedha of Kaushalya in the Ramayana epic.

Animal sacrifice is the ritual killing of an animal as part of a religion. It is practised by many religions as a means of appeasing a god or gods or changing the course of nature. Animal sacrifice has turned up in almost all cultures, from the Hebrews to the Greeks and Romans and from the Aztecs to the Yoruba. Image File history File links Greekreligion-animalsacrifice-corinth-6C-BCE.jpg‎ 6th c. ... Image File history File links Greekreligion-animalsacrifice-corinth-6C-BCE.jpg‎ 6th c. ... Corinth, or Korinth (Greek: Κόρινθος, Kórinthos; see also List of traditional Greek place names) is a Greek city-state, on the Isthmus of Corinth, the narrow stretch of land that joins the Peloponnesus to the mainland of Greece. ... Image File history File links Asvamedha_ramayana. ... Image File history File links Asvamedha_ramayana. ... The Ashvamedha ( horse sacrifice) is one of the most important royal rituals of Vedic religion, described in detail in the Yajurveda (TS 7. ... Kausalya (Sanskrit: कौशल्या, kouśalyā), in the Hindu epic Ramayana, was the eldest of King Dasarathas three wives and a queen of Ayodhya. ... For the television series by Ramanand Sagar, see Ramayan (TV series). ... Marcus Aurelius and members of the Imperial family offer sacrifice in gratitude for success against Germanic tribes: contemporary bas-relief, Capitoline Museum, Rome For other uses, see Sacrifice (disambiguation). ... A ritual is a set of actions, performed mainly for their symbolic value, which is prescribed by a religion or by the traditions of a community. ... “Animalia” redirects here. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Ancient Rome was a civilization that grew from a small agricultural community founded on the Italian Peninsula circa the 9th century BC to a massive empire straddling the Mediterranean Sea. ... The word Aztec is usually used as a historical term, although some contemporary Nahuatl speakers would consider themselves Aztecs. ... The Yoruba (Yorùbá in Yoruba orthography) are a large ethno-linguistic group or ethnic nation in Africa; the majority of them speak the Yoruba language (èdèe Yorùbá; èdè = language). ...


Walter Burkert in Homo necans argues that animal sacrifices reenact paleolithic hunting rituals, and that they are fundamentally identical in motivation to human sacrifices. Walter Burkert (born Neuendettelsau (Bavaria), February 2, 1931), the most eminent living scholar of Greek myth and cult, is an emeritus professor of classics at the University of Zurich, Switzerland who has also taught in the United Kingdom and the United States. ... Homo necans is a book on Ancient Greek religion and mythology by Walter Burkert. ... This cranium, of Homo heidelbergensis, a Lower Paleolithic predecessor to Homo neanderthalensis, dates to between 400,000 BCE to 500,000 BCE The Paleolithic is a prehistoric era distinguished by the development of stone tools. ... “Hunter” redirects here. ... Human sacrifice was practiced in many ancient cultures. ...

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Ancient Near East

Animal sacrifices were common throughout the Ancient Near East. Overview map of the Ancient Near East The term Ancient Near East or Ancient Orient encompasses the early civilizations predating Classical Antiquity in the region roughly corresponding to that described by the modern term Middle East (Egypt, Iraq, Turkey), during the time roughly spanning the Bronze Age from the rise...


Judaism

In Judaism, animal sacrifice was practiced up to the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A stone (2. ...


The Torah distinguishes five kinds of sacrifice or korban, of which four involve animal sacrifice, viz. Olah (עלה) "holocaust", and Shlamim (זבח שלמים), in which the fat and kidneys are burnt while the rest is eaten, the Chattat (חטאת) and Asham (אשם), where human guilt or sin is transferred to an animal (compare scapegoat). This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Korban (קרבן) (plural: Korbanot קרבנות) is a Jewish practice of sacrificing an animal or of making an offering at the Temple. ... Korban (קרבן) (plural: Korbanot קרבנות) is a Jewish practice of sacrificing an animal or of making an offering at the Temple. ... A holocaust is a religious sacrifice that is completely consumed by fire. ... Korban (Hebrew: sacrifice קרבן) (plural: Korbanot קרבנות) refers to any one of a variety of sacrificial offerings described and commanded in the Torah (Hebrew Bible) that were offered in a variety of settings by the ancient Israelites, and then by the Kohanim (the Jewish priests only) in the Temple in Jerusalem. ... The Scapegoat by William Holman Hunt, 1854. ...


Many Jewish sources discuss the deeper meaning behind korbanot. For example, Sefer Hachinuch explains that an indivudal bringing an animal sacrifice for a sin understands that he personally should have been sacrificed as punishment for the rebellion against God inherent in the sin, but God mercifully accepts the sacrifice in his or her place. Furthermore, it is fitting that an animal is used as a sacrifice because at the moment of sin, the individual in question disregarded his elevated human soul, effectively acting as an animal. Sefer ha-Chinuch (Book of Education, often simply the Chinuch) is a work which systematically discusses the 613 commandments of the Torah. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ...


Christianity

References to animal sacrifice appear in the gospels, such as the parents of Jesus sacrificing two doves (Luke 2:24). For other uses, see Gospel (disambiguation). ... This article is about Jesus of Nazareth. ...


Indo-European cultures

Further information: Proto-Indo-European religion and Horse sacrifice

Ancient anthropomorphic Ukrainian stone stela (Kernosovka stela), possibly depicting a late Proto-Indo-European god, most likely Dyeus, the thunderer. ... Many Indo-European branches show evidence for horse sacrifice, and comparative mythology suggests that they derive from a PIE ritual. ... This article discusses the historical religious practices in the Vedic time period; see Dharmic religions for details of contemporary religious practices. ... The Ashvamedha ( horse sacrifice) is one of the most important royal rituals of Vedic religion, described in detail in the Yajurveda (TS 7. ... Religion in ancient Rome combined several different cult practices and embraced more than a single set of beliefs. ... The Equirria (Festival of Mars - held on February 27, First Equirria and March 14, Second Equirria) were holy days with religious and military significance at either end of the new year celebrations for Mars. ... Tauromachy (tauromachia the killing of a bull) is a name for the cultural ritual of Bullfighting and also for the iconic central action of Mithras, the savior-god of Mithraism. ... Greek religion encompasses the collection of beliefs and rituals practiced in Ancient Greece in form of cult practices, thus the practical counterpart of Greek mythology. ... A holocaust is a religious sacrifice that is completely consumed by fire. ... In Ancient Greece, a Hecatomb was the sacrifice to the gods of 100 cattle (hecaton = one hundred). ... Celtic polytheism (also called Druidic polytheism) is the term for the religious beliefs and practices of the ancient Celts. ... ROSIE IS A GERMN LADYGermanic paganism refers to the religion of the Germanic nations preceding Christianization. ... The Blót was the pagan Germanic sacrifice to Norse gods and Elves. ...

Contemporary

Animal sacrifice is still practised today by the followers of Santería and other "lineages of Orisa", as a means of curing the sick and giving thanks to the Orisa (Gods). However in Santeria, such animal offerings constitute an extremely small portion of what are termed "ebos" – ritual activities that include offerings, prayer and deeds. Some villages in Greece also sacrifice animals to Orthodox saints in a practise known as kourbània. The practise, while publicly condemned, is often tolerated for the benefits it provides to the church and the sense of community it engenders. “Lukumi / Yoruba Religion / La Religión” redirects here. ... This article is about the type of spirit. ... Look up deity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Remnants of ancient rituals of animal sacrifice are apparent in many cultures, for example the Spanish bullfights, or kapparos in Judaism, or ritual prescriptions for slaughtering procedures like shechita or ḏabīḥah. Slaughtering lambs is a common practice in Islam. Spanish toreo, corrida de toros or tauromaquia; Portuguese corrida de touros or tauromaquia) is a blood sport that involves, most of the times, professional performers (matadores) who execute various formal moves with the goal of appearing graceful and confident, while masterful over the bull itself; these maneuvers are performed at... It has been suggested that Kapparah be merged into this article or section. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Shechita Shechita (Hebrew:שחיטה) is the ritual slaughter of animals, as prescribed for slaughter of mammals and birds according to Jewish dietary laws. ... Dhabiha (, ) is the prescribed method of slaughtering all animals excluding fish and most sea-life per Islamic law. ...


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Animal sacrifice - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography (287 words)
Animal sacrifice is the ritual killing of an animal as part of a religion.
Animal sacrifice has turned up in almost all cultures, from the Hebrews to the Greeks and Romans and from the Aztecs to the Yoruba.
Animal sacrifice is still practised today by the followers of Santería and other "lineages of Orisa", as a means of curing the sick and giving thanks to the Orisa (Gods).
Animal sacrifice in the Quran-sacrifice in Eid Al Adha on the tenth of Zul-Hijja. Eid Al Azha (Bakri ... (1040 words)
Animal sacrifice in the Quran-sacrifice in Eid Al Adha on the tenth of Zul-Hijja.
Animal sacrifice done on the day called Eid Al Azha (Bakri Eid) that many so-called Muslims celebrate is like many others acts an innovation falsely attributed to God.
The other reasons where animal sacrifice is in the order is when the state of Ihraam is violated between Umrah and Hajj and when a game animal is killed during pilgrimage.
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