Ooh…ancient South Americans DOES kinda = sacrifices…
All worship involves sacrifice. Human sacrifice has a type of rationality behind it; you give that which is most precious and valuable to your god. It’s even more reasonable when you think of your god as a hostile or indifferent being that you must placate or bribe.
As a Catholic, my God wants the following sacrifices: first, things which I think are more important than Him. Second, things which are bad for me (of which the first is a subset). Third, to love as He loves. And fourth, to accept and offer up pain as a form of substitutionary atonement, as He did on the Cross.
The difference here is that the sharp pointy end indicates a blood sacrifice–which may not be as hard or painful as the sacrifices you enumerate, but is a bit more, ummm, physically painful? Permanent?
Reading that I just keep thing “Do you even know how to use one of those?” “The sharp pointy end goes in the other person.” (or something along those lines from the one Zorro movie)
Antonio Banderas talking to Anthony Hopkins in ‘The Mask of Zorro’
of course, when you offer human sacrifice, it’s not YOU. It’s somebody else who may not be as enthusiastic about it as you are.
Seems awful short to be a weapon in the classic sense…
However as a sacrificial implement, it wouldn’t need to be that big…
Depending on the point of entry, it’s easily long enough to cause fatal injury.
Human sacrifice is also a great way to deal with trouble makers. Joe is bad mouthing the high priest, hey you know what we need to kill someone to appease the gods.
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