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Describe what happened at a Greek sacrifice, do we have any similar rituals today, explain your views.

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Describe what happened at a Greek sacrifice, do we have any similar rituals today, explain your views. Sacrifice could be prompted by many occasions- a wedding, the start of a battle, the start of a competition or games, by a priest in a sanctuary, there are many, many different reasons for the Greeks to sacrifice animals, the animals used were different for different purposes, A Goat, pig, sheep and cock were the humblest of offerings. The cow and ox were the most prestigious offering. These were the animals most used in sacrifice. The sacrifice itself started off, the animal chosen was to appear to be perfect and is decorated with coloured ribbons with its horns (if any) gilded. A procession escorted the animal to the alter. A blameless maiden carried the sacrificial basket on her head, in which a knife for the sacrifice lays hidden amongst the grains of barley or cakes, a container of water is also brought along, and often an incense burner, as the animal makes its way beside the procession, toward the alter, and its impending doom, musicians play, normally a male of female flute player. ...read more.


and the artery in the neck is opened. The blood is collected in a basin and sprayed over the alter, as the fatal blow falls the women must cry out in shrill tones; life screams over death. The animal is then skinned and butchered, the inner organs (splanchna) are roasted on a fire on the alter first of all. To taste the entrails immediately is the privilege and duty of a selected few, the inedible parts of the animal are placed back together on the alter, e.g. bones. Once all the animal has been eaten the preparation for the actual meat feast begins, all must be consumed in the sanctuary. The inedible remains are left as a gift to the Gods. The Judaism religion is somewhat like this, to a certain extent. Before they eat meat they drain the blood from the animal by slitting its throat and hanging the animal upside-down for the blood to drain, the collect the blood and I do not know what happens to it then. ...read more.


but I think this is a much more humane way of performing sacrifice than the actual slaughter of animals. Carnivals and parades are also similar in a vague way to the Greek sacrifice ritual, as the animal in sacrifices is decorated with colourful ribbons and people dress up in bright colours and parade the animal down the street, so in this sense the carnivals and parades are like this as people also dress up in bight colours and march the streets. Of course there are always the people who are in a particular religion or cult, that is not widely spread, that may do animal sacrifice as part of that cult of religion I have no evidence that such a thing exists, however the prospect that there is nowhere in the world that practises animal sacrifice similar to the Ancient Greeks is improbable, as the world is vast and there are many more secret religions, tribes and cults and their ways yet to be uncovered. Becky Gray ...read more.

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