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Pagan sacrifice Among the Indians The Vedism of the ancient Indies was, to an extent never elsewhere attained, a sacrificial religion connected with the deities Agni and Soma.
A Vedic proverb runs: Originally regarded as a feast for the gods, before whom food-offerings cakes, milk, butter, meat, and the soma drink were set on the holy grass before the altar, sacrifice gradually became a magical agency for influencing the gods, such as might be expressed in the formula, "Do ut des", or in the Vedic proverb: The gods thus sank to the level of mere servants of man, while the high-priests or Brahmins entrusted with the complicated rites gradually acquired an almost divine dignity.
In their hands the sacrificial ceremonial, developed to the extremest detail, became an irresistible power over the gods. However, that the gods were not entirely indifferent to man, but gave him their assistance, is proved among other things by the serious expiatory character which was not quite eliminated from the Vedic sacrifices.
The actual offering of the sacrifices, which was never effected without fire, took place either in the houses or in the open air; temples were unknown. Among the various sacrifices two were conspicuous: The triple pressing of the soma, performed at certain intervals during the day, alternated with the offering of sacrificial cakes, libations of milk, and the sacrifice of eleven he-goats to various gods.
The gods especially Indra were eager for the intoxicating soma drink: It was the acme, "the king of the sacrifices", the solemnities lasting three days and being accompanied by all kinds of public amusements.
The idea of this sacrifice was to provide the gods of light with another steed for their heavenly yoke. At first, instead of the sacrifice of the horse, human sacrifice seems to have been in vogue, so that here also the idea of substitution found expression.
For the later Indians had a saying: Then the sacrificial efficacy passed from them to the horse. The horse thus became efficacious. They accepted the horse, but the sacrificial efficacy went to the steer, sheep, goat, and finally to rice and barley: Thus for the instructed a sacrificial cake made of rice and barley is of the same value as these [five] animals" cf.
Modern Hinduism with its numberless sects honours Vishnu and Shiva as chief deities. As a cult it is distinguished from ancient Vedism mainly by its temple service. The Hindu temples are usual artistic and magnificent edifices with numerous courts, chapelsand halls, in which representations of gods and idols are exposed.
The smaller pagodas serve the same purpose.
Although the Hindu religion centres in its idolatry sacrifice has not been completely evicted from its old place. The symbol of Shiva is the phallus linga ; linga stones are indeed met throughout India especially in the holy places in extraordinary numbers.
The darker shades of this superstitiondegenerated into fetichism, are somewhat relieved by the piety and elevation of many Hindu hymns or songs of praise stotraswhich surpass even the old Vedic hymns in religious feeling. Among the Iranians The kindred religion of the ancient Iranians centres, especially after its reform by Zoroaster, in the service of the true god Ormuzd Ahura Mazdawhose will is the right and whose kingdom is the good.The Bloody Chamber Summary.
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