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Animal sacrific and other rituals of antiquity

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Most animal sacrifice follow a few rules: 

 

1 - A properly trained priest do it. Only him can do it. It's not like "oh, i should sacrifice a goat" and do it. There are technique and ritual involved.

 

2 - There are properly sharpened and perfect tools ready for the act. They are sacred and especialy prepared beforehand. 

 

3 - The animal is used in whole after the sacrifice. The meat is eaten and shared with the comunity. That includes most of the organs. The intestines are usually used for making rope, while the brain and nerves are used as tanning abrasive.

 

Skin/feathers/scales/horns are used for making clothing, drunms, accesories, blow horns, sacred drinking mugs or ritual tools.

 

Teeth, bones, nails and etc as well. Even the blood is used, as it showers the altar/earth and "nourishes" it. It can also be collected and either be drank, used as fertilizer or others.

 

4 - The animal which is to be sacrificed must be killed in a single stroke. No mistakes can be done, and there can be no pain. 

 

5 - It must happen in a specific date, and/or ritual, etc.

 

6 - Gods must be called, evil spirits banished, guardian spirits/beasts/entities must be called to keep them away. 

 

7 - The sacrifice needs to have a good reason to be done. 

 

8 - Many traditions look if the animal "accepts" being sacrificed or not. If the animal tries to run away from the altar or somewhat tries to avoid the sacrifice, then it is released and another one is called. If the spirits/gods are present, the animal will usualy calmly go to the sacrificial altar and offer itself (to the point of offering its neck to the knife). If not, then as soon as it sees and smells the blood and/or the knife, it will usualy start to try to run away and escape... or fall to the ground in terror. Those animals aren't acceptable on noble sacrifice.

 

Now, what happens when all of that is taken into account ? 

 

The Qi, Xue and life force in the animal's blood, organs, meat and other parts are refined and turned into pure substances which can be used by the gods/spirits for a huge array of objectives, such as materializating a temporary body, healing, moving and/or changing things in the physical plane, aleviating the burden on the medium in cases of very intensive and powerful possession practices, divination and so on.

 

Some of its souls (mainly zhi, po and shen) can be refined as well. 

 

The animal's hun soul is usually redirected, while its Pi soul can be refined or used to refine other substances.

 

The refined substances which the gods/spirits have no use for, they then 

 

Now, if you're not doing it like this, you'll either have your own ways to deal with the consequences, be doing dark magic (sacrificing animals which have gone through much suffering and pain can be used to generate disease and/or death on others), or simply feeding low-class spirits/elementals which are addicted to animal blood/life force.

 

That's mostly it. 

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3 hours ago, Desmonddf said:

 

The Qi, Xue and life force in the animal's blood, organs, meat and other parts are refined and turned into pure substances which can be used by the gods/spirits for a huge array of objectives, such as materializating a temporary body, healing, moving and/or changing things in the physical plane, aleviating the burden on the medium in cases of very intensive and powerful possession practices, divination and so on.

 

Some of its souls (mainly zhi, po and shen) can be refined as well. 

 

The animal's hun soul is usually redirected, while its Pi soul can be refined or used to refine other substances.

 

The refined substances which the gods/spirits have no use for, they then 

 

 

 

This was one of the main things I was wondering about.

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