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Post Religion, Sacrifice, and Pagan Rituals
Created by John Eipper on 05/12/19 10:40 AM

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Religion, Sacrifice, and Pagan Rituals (John Heelan, -UK, 05/12/19 10:40 am)

JE asked on 8 May: "Can there be any religion without sacrifice?"

I suggest not! Christianity might not exist without the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross, as Nobel winner Jose Saramago pointed out (and was then excommunicated by the Vatican).

There seems to be a hangover of sacrifice surviving from pagan rites reflected in many pseudo-Christian rituals such as Semana Santa processions, the Burial of the Sardine, Saint John's night, and sundry others. Even on our little Island in the Solent, Bloodstone Border Morris dancers celebrate the Winter Equinox by lighting a beacon on the top of a local cliff and dancing.

The dog in the background was moaning, "aren't they ever going to throw those sticks for me?"

JE comments:  Did you take those photos, John?  Very cool.  Together with my rhetorical question about sacrifice, here's another:  why are neo-Pagans so enamored of fire?

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