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Examining the texts The Lottery and The Oresteia in relation to the sacrifice of Iphigenia in creates a surreal sense of the practice Human sacrifice has existed for many years and similar traits are connected through these prominent texts This essay will focus on common sacrificial symbolism and rules Socrates and Calicles biases mainly extracting why and where it is deemed justified If the justification of this practice creates enough practical purpose then what are the dangers of straying from traditionAll cultures share the practice human sacrifice in their own way The question though is why does this practice continue throughout cultures that have no influence over each other What is it about humans that bring about this ritual as a necessity The most common answer is to propose that it is needed in return of benefits If you sacrifice something you can trade out for something else and the situation is kept at a balance This transaction is something proven to work even if it does not make sense or puts someone else in danger Whatever that benefit may be whether it be material or immaterial whether it be survival or power there is almost always a cost associated with benefit Thus that cost or sacrifice is intrinsic to our existence sjsu Human sacrifice is not simply an ancient story or myth In fact it has relevance to the present-day world From an article on BBC by Dr Mike Parker-Pearson Some anthropologists interpret the executions of condemned men and women on death row in America as another form of sacrifice perceived as removing evil and thereby cleansing American society The suicide bombers of Palestine and the 11 September terrorists are also modern-day human sacrifices If the idea seems unpalatable we have to remember that one of the major world religions Christianity is constructed in the image of a sacrificed man-god who is said to have died to save humankind bbcIn The Lottery the people
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