History Main / Humansacrifice

20th Feb '17 5:15:15 PM Bugfragged
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* In ''VideoGame/CapellasPromise'', the village of Distana has to feed someone to the dragon, Vritra, in order to keep it from destroying their home. [[spoiler:Strangely, a wolf managed to serve as the last sacrifice to weaken it for the party, making the entire situation come off as an IdiotBall if any living creature, including monsters, would make a sufficient sacrifice.]]
9th Feb '17 9:36:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* Played for laughs in the Beatles' ''{{Help}}!''. Spending the whole movie trying to kill Ringo, who has a sacrificial ring stuck on his finger, the cult leader muses to himself "Perhaps if we gave away free tickets to the youth organization annual sacrifice and dinner dance, all this could be avoided. It's a very real problem!" just before he turns a flame thrower on the band.

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* Played for laughs in the Beatles' ''{{Help}}!''.''Film/{{Help}}''. Spending the whole movie trying to kill Ringo, who has a sacrificial ring stuck on his finger, the cult leader muses to himself "Perhaps if we gave away free tickets to the youth organization annual sacrifice and dinner dance, all this could be avoided. It's a very real problem!" just before he turns a flame thrower on the band.
27th Jan '17 9:46:03 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The rebirth of dragons may be tied to Daenerys having Mirri Maz Duur burned alive, since only death may pay for life.
** Subverted when Melisandre restrains Gendry after comparing blood magic to slaughtering a lamb. Instead, she only draws some blood for a smaller ritual since Davos has persuaded Stannis to demand proof before consenting.
22nd Jan '17 6:30:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* Occurs or is referred to in several Creator/HPLovecraft's stories. Most notably in ''[[CthulhuMythos The Call of Cthulhu]]'', which features a police raid on a Cthulhu-worshipping [[HollywoodVoodoo voodoo]] cult that practices human sacrifice (they maintain that they can't be tried for murder because ''they'' have never killed anybody), and in ''Dreams in the Witch House'', which features child sacrifice.

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* Occurs or is referred to in several Creator/HPLovecraft's stories. Most notably in ''[[CthulhuMythos The Call of Cthulhu]]'', ''Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu'', which features a police raid on a Cthulhu-worshipping [[HollywoodVoodoo voodoo]] cult that practices human sacrifice (they maintain that they can't be tried for murder because ''they'' have never killed anybody), and in ''Dreams in the Witch House'', which features child sacrifice.
30th Dec '16 9:59:31 AM AgProv
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** There is historical and archaeological evidence that this practice persisted into the late middle ages, and that sacrifices, up to and including human children, were incorporated into major building works.
28th Dec '16 10:56:20 AM StarSword
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* The ''Series/{{Nova}}'' episode [[http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/ghosts-murdered-kings.html "Ghosts of Murdered Kings"]] examines natural mummies found in peat bogs and concludes that many were pre-Christian royalty who were ritually sacrificed as penance (really, MisBlamed for natural disasters such as droughts, plagues, and poor harvests).
28th Dec '16 10:27:02 AM StarSword
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* In ''Literature/TheObsidianTrilogy'', the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Endarkened]] perform sacrifices of sapient beings (not just humans) as a standard part of magical rituals. They plan to perform one ritual in particular at the climax which would release their GodOfEvil from his banishment, [[spoiler:but it requires an unwilling sacrificial victim, and one of the main characters foils it by switching places with the victim at the last second and [[HeroicSacrifice dying willingly]]]].


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* In Creator/{{Euripides}}' play ''Theatre/{{Hecuba}}'', the deceased Achilles demands the sacrifice of the captured Trojan princess Polyxena, whom he was to wed, before he will allow the Greeks to return home after the Trojan War.
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28th Dec '16 10:19:34 AM StarSword
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* In ''[[VideoGame/CrusaderKings Crusader Kings II]]'', Norse and Aztec Pagans engage in this.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/CrusaderKings Crusader Kings II]]'', ''VideoGame/CrusaderKingsII'', Norse and Aztec Pagans engage in this.this, earning Piety and Prestige (game currencies) by doing so. The Norse have a Great Blot festival where prisoners are sacrificed, while Aztecs use it more like an execution method. The 2.6 patch similarly allows defensive pagans (Baltic, Finnish, Slavic, and West African) and offensive Tengri pagans to offer human or monetary sacrifices to the ancestors for a random chance of getting a boon.
17th Dec '16 9:53:32 PM Fireblood
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* ''WebVideo/DarkDungeons'': The Satanists need one to awaken Cthulhu, but it has to be done willingly. [[spoiler: Miss Frost thus drives Marcie into killing herself, with Debbie's unwitting help.]]
14th Dec '16 10:13:52 PM ErebusElysium
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* ''Fanfic/WhatTheWaterGaveMe'': Stoick is forced to throw his five-year-old son off of a cliff by his village as an offering to the gods.
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