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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Honor killings and human sacrifice

It's just dawned on me that they're really, when it comes down to it, the same thing.

Back in the days of Moloch, or Quetzalcoatl, or whomever, people--or prisoners taken for this very purpose-- were sacrificed to please the god of choice. They were trying to insure a good harvest, or good inundation, or some other request of the god. Right? Or to placate an angered god who had sent disease, pestilence, earthquake, or some other bad thing to the people or clan. It was done with a religious purpose, I'm willing to bet publicly most of the time, and in a rather bloody fashion.

How is that different from murdering a daughter or sister for the sake of honor? Who is pleased with this? Is this to placate the angered deity for the sake of a family's honor? Or is it more to salve a man's injured pride, with the added benefits of lack of recidivism and deterrence to survivors?

Honor killing has been condemned as women being punished for the sins of men; the women being regarded as chattel. Milennia ago, the Jews despised the practice. The Spaniards brought an end to it in the Americas.

For a while, anyway.



At 4:47 PM, Blogger Milehimama said...

The Aztecs killed to feed the Sun, so it would keep rising.

Same diff. If they didn't HAVE a war, they would have a "flower war" (fake war) to get victims.

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