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OfflineTwirling
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The concept of sacrifices
    #1885540 - 09/05/03 04:17 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

One of my two cats left me a "present" today on my deck, and while cleaning up the unidentified animal carcass, it occurred to me that sacrifices are a part of nature. In this case, a cat was trying to please it?s owner by offering it a ?catch of the day?. It?s saying ?Look at what I bring you, fresh food. I could have eaten this myself, but I?ll make the sacrifice and let you have it.?

I think there is a connection between the ?master/slave?, ?owner/pet? relationship which the animal lower on the food chain, or chain of command, offers something to appease the higher form. All religions seem to work this into its theology. Judaism and Christianity used to sacrifice animals and crops. Hinduism and Buddhism have offerings as well. Many tribal groups have this same sort of pattern, usually in the form of pleasing some god, or making an offer to a deceased spirit. In many ways, I think it?s a way of trying to gain control over the events that happen in life. Thoughts? Ideas? Money?


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Re: The concept of sacrifices [Re: Twirling]
    #1885605 - 09/05/03 04:35 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

> ?Look at what I bring you, fresh food. I could have eaten this myself, but I?ll make the sacrifice and let you have it.?

The cat could have been thinking, "Look at what I can catch... what have you caught recently?"

This would tend to put things into an "I'm better than you", rather than a "master/slave" or "owner/pet" perspective.

Of course the cat might not have been thinking anything, but rather following simple instincts... -shrug-


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Re: The concept of sacrifices [Re: Twirling]
    #1885618 - 09/05/03 04:38 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Oh yeah, definately...many religions do require some sort of acceptance that we as humans are on a lower 'tier' then whatever 'higher power' happens to be above us, and that we should regularly prove our understanding and acceptance of this chain of command by giving some sort of hommage to said higher power. Sometimes it's in the form of an animal or a plant, sometimes is a cake or bread of some sort, sometimes it's nothing more then the giving of our own personal time in prayer and what have you. It's all about establishing concrete boundaries between the mentor and the protegee.


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Re: The concept of sacrifices [Re: Mystical_Craven]
    #1885657 - 09/05/03 04:50 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

"like the first monkey shot into space"
"Without pain, without sacrifice, we'd have nothing"
-Tyler Derden, Fight Club
Dang I know every line from that flick n I havn't even
seen it that often. Powerful movie.


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