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Old 11-05-2011, 02:08 PM   #32
drakul
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Originally Posted by knightofthegrail View Post
That would be the Rus, if you are referring to the events mentioned in Ibn Fadlan's account.
No, I was referring to a Persian traveler who wrote of the practice of human sacrifice among the vikings of Scandinavia - Ahmad ibn Rustah -

As for the RUS, they live on an island (Scandinavia)… that takes three days to walk round and is covered with thick undergrowth and forests; … They harry the Slavs, using ships to reach them; they carry them off as slaves and … sell them. They have no fields but simply live on what they get from the Slav's lands …



When the man of whom I have spoken died, his girl slaves were asked, "Who will die with him?" One answered, "I."
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Then they laid her at the side of her master; the old woman known as the Angel of Death re-entered and looped a cord around her neck and gave the crossed ends to the two men for them to pull. Then she approached her with a broad-bladed dagger, which she plunged between her ribs repeatedly, and the men strangled her with the cord until she was dead.

--Risala

This was STANDARD PRACTICE


But what does it matter which pagan ethnic group practiced human sacrifice? Nearly ALL of them did it. We are talking about recorded practices of pagan human sacrifice. Herodotus wrote about it extensively in 500BC He describes how the Massagetae not only sacrificed their old parents, but ate them! And that's just one example.

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Such was by no means a universal practice, nor indeed was the Lindow man (who was from the end of the druid era).
The Lindow Man was but one example of the remains of the BOG PEOPLE - found all over Europe, from Britain to human sacrifices who suffered the Triple Death - the idea being to make them suffer as much as possible.

Over the past centuries, remains of many hundreds of people--men, women, and children--have come to light during peat cutting activities in northwestern Europe, especially in Ireland, Great Britain, the Netherlands, northern Germany, and Denmark.

These are the "bog bodies." The individual bog bodies show a great degree of variation in their state of preservation, from skeletons, to well-preserved complete bodies, to isolated heads and limbs. They range in date from 8000 B.C. to the early medieval period.

http://www.archaeology.org/online/features/bog/

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