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26th Jul '16 10:01:15 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''[[Literature/EarthseaTrilogy The Tombs of Atuan]]'', the God-Emperor sends prisoners to the tombs as a sacrifice to the Nameless Ones. Arha must decree how they are to be sacrificed. (She has BadDreams after.) Her own dedication was set up as a feigned this -- a man wielded an axe as if to cut her head off, and was stopped.

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* In Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''[[Literature/EarthseaTrilogy The Tombs of Atuan]]'', ''Literature/TheTombsOfAtuan'', the God-Emperor sends prisoners to the tombs as a sacrifice to the Nameless Ones. Arha must decree how they are to be sacrificed. (She has BadDreams after.) Her own dedication was set up as a feigned this -- a man wielded an axe as if to cut her head off, and was stopped.
17th Jul '16 7:34:05 PM PaulA
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* ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans''. The Greek city of Joppa tries to sacrifice Andromeda to the Kraken, but Perseus saves her.

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* ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans''. ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}''. The Greek city of Joppa tries to sacrifice Andromeda to the Kraken, Kraken to placate a vengeful goddess, but Perseus saves her.
5th Jul '16 8:15:06 PM KillerClowns
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The nastier forms of MarriageToAGod overlap with this, as do a number of devices PoweredByAForsakenChild. It's also the only funeral practice that can mark characters as evil even if carried out as part of the respect DueToTheDead. {{Mayincatec}} is replete with this.

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The nastier forms of MarriageToAGod overlap with this, as do a number of devices PoweredByAForsakenChild. It's also the only funeral practice that can mark characters as evil even if carried out as part of the respect DueToTheDead. {{Martyrdom Culture}}s tend to regard this as a noble way to die, and {{Mayincatec}} is replete with this.
25th Jun '16 9:15:19 PM nombretomado
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* This is the purpose the Bhaalspawn in the ''BaldursGate'' series are meant to fulfill. Sired by the dead god of murder Bhaal who had foreseen his own death, the countless Bhaalspawn each possess a sliver of divine essence. Their only purpose was to die -- something made easier by all of them struggling with murderous instincts and being [[DoomMagnet Doom Magnets]] -- and thus release their essence. Then Bhaal's former high priestess Amelissan could harness the essence and revive Bhaal with it. Even the player character helps the plan along since he is forced to kill some of the last and strongest Bhaalspawn (other than himself/herself of course) near the end of the series. Ultimately [[spoiler:the plan fails, because Amelissan harbored ambitions of godhood for herself.]]
* Four of the five ''FatalFrame'' games had [[spoiler:the failure of]] one of these being the reason the area you are in is haunted. In order:

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* This is the purpose the Bhaalspawn in the ''BaldursGate'' ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' series are meant to fulfill. Sired by the dead god of murder Bhaal who had foreseen his own death, the countless Bhaalspawn each possess a sliver of divine essence. Their only purpose was to die -- something made easier by all of them struggling with murderous instincts and being [[DoomMagnet Doom Magnets]] -- and thus release their essence. Then Bhaal's former high priestess Amelissan could harness the essence and revive Bhaal with it. Even the player character helps the plan along since he is forced to kill some of the last and strongest Bhaalspawn (other than himself/herself of course) near the end of the series. Ultimately [[spoiler:the plan fails, because Amelissan harbored ambitions of godhood for herself.]]
* Four of the five ''FatalFrame'' ''VideoGame/FatalFrame'' games had [[spoiler:the failure of]] one of these being the reason the area you are in is haunted. In order:
19th Jun '16 5:10:36 PM ThatBitterTase
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** The Iphigenia example is odd (and the "spirited away to be a priestess" option is favored) because otherwise, Greek myth is pretty clear that the gods ''despise'' human sacrifice. When [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tantalus Tantalus]], a son of Zeus, hosted the great twelve of Olympus to dinner, he couldn't think of anything worthy, except for the most cherished thing in his life -- his young son, Pelops. Tantalus butchered Pelops and served him up to the gods, and all of them immediately knew what he had before them and refused to touch it. They restored Pelops' body, brought him back to life, and Tantalus was condemned to the pits of Tartarus, to be surrounded by rich fruit and cool water, and unable to eat or drink. Pelops, in fact, became one of the ancestors of Agamemnon, so arguably this cycle of bloodshed started with Tantalus.

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** The Iphigenia example is odd (and the "spirited away to be a priestess" option is favored) because otherwise, Greek myth is pretty clear that the gods ''despise'' human sacrifice. When [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tantalus Tantalus]], a son of Zeus, hosted the great twelve of Olympus to dinner, he couldn't think of anything worthy, except for the most cherished thing in his life -- his young son, Pelops. Tantalus butchered Pelops and served him up to the gods, and all of them immediately knew what he had before them and refused to touch it.it (save for Demeter, in some versions of the story; still morose over the kidnapping of Persephone, she ate Pelops's shoulder, replacing it with one made of ivory when she came back to her senses). They restored Pelops' body, brought him back to life, and Tantalus was condemned to the pits of Tartarus, to be surrounded by rich fruit and cool water, and unable to eat or drink. Pelops, in fact, became one of the ancestors of Agamemnon, so arguably this cycle of bloodshed started with Tantalus.
17th Jun '16 9:31:21 AM zarpaulus
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** There is also a throwaway line about car gods becoming the receipents of human sacrifce on a scale unseen since the Aztecs.

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** There is also a throwaway line about car gods becoming the receipents of human sacrifce sacrifice on a scale unseen since the Aztecs.Aztecs.
** [[spoiler: Odin and Loki's plan is to start a war between the Old Gods and the New. Dedicating the divine blood spilled to Odin and the chaos to Loki.]]
31st May '16 3:53:33 AM Doug86
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* In AndreNorton's ''Literature/IceCrown'', Roane once witnessed a ritual killing on another planet. A scene on Clio reminds her of it.
* In AndreNorton's ''[[Literature/{{Warlock}} Forerunner Foray]]'', when Ziantha goes back in time, she finds herself in the body of a war captive, buried alive in a tomb as a sacrifice.
* In AndreNorton's ''Literature/TheZeroStone'', the Green Robes select victims with a LotteryOfDoom.

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* In AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/IceCrown'', Roane once witnessed a ritual killing on another planet. A scene on Clio reminds her of it.
* In AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''[[Literature/{{Warlock}} Forerunner Foray]]'', when Ziantha goes back in time, she finds herself in the body of a war captive, buried alive in a tomb as a sacrifice.
* In AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/TheZeroStone'', the Green Robes select victims with a LotteryOfDoom.
30th May '16 4:59:01 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* TamoraPierce's standalone short story "Plain Magic" is about a teenage girl whose village stakes her out as a sacrifice to a dragon that's been terrorizing the area, on the advice of the local wizard. She's saved by a peddler woman who knows that this is unnecessary; apparently dragons in this world are ordinary if dangerous wild animals and the idea that they care about having virgins to eat is just a superstition.

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* TamoraPierce's Creator/TamoraPierce's standalone short story "Plain Magic" is about a teenage girl whose village stakes her out as a sacrifice to a dragon that's been terrorizing the area, on the advice of the local wizard. She's saved by a peddler woman who knows that this is unnecessary; apparently dragons in this world are ordinary if dangerous wild animals and the idea that they care about having virgins to eat is just a superstition.
28th May '16 8:53:50 PM Doug86
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* Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Literature/{{Kull}}[=/=]BranMakMorn'' story opens with a very Aztecish sacrifice.

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* Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Literature/{{Kull}}[=/=]BranMakMorn'' ''Literature/{{Kull}}[=/=]Literature/BranMakMorn'' story opens with a very Aztecish sacrifice.
24th May '16 7:02:36 PM FGHIK
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "The Terror Beyond", Hawkgirl mentions that her home planet, Thanagar, used to worship the EldritchAbomination Icthultu and sacrifice people to it in exchange for knowledge. They eventually decided this was a bad idea. Dr. Fate tries to perform the Thanagarian ritual sacrifice to prevent Icthultu from gaining access to our universe. Since his subject is the zombie Solomon Grundy, he would have just resurrected eventually (and in fact does during ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', though it's shown that he CameBackWrong), but either way, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero the Justice League interrupts the sacrifice before it can be completed]].

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "The Terror Beyond", Hawkgirl mentions that her home planet, Thanagar, used to worship the EldritchAbomination Icthultu [[CaptainErsatz I]][[CthulhuMythos cthultu]] and sacrifice people to it in exchange for knowledge. They eventually decided this was a bad idea. Dr. Fate tries to perform the Thanagarian ritual sacrifice to prevent Icthultu from gaining access to our universe. Since his subject is the zombie Solomon Grundy, he would have just resurrected eventually (and in fact does during ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', though it's shown that he CameBackWrong), but either way, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero the Justice League interrupts the sacrifice before it can be completed]].
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