Of all rituals of human sacrifice and ritual injury, the ritual of blood sacrifice is arguably the oldest in the world.
It is sometimes deliberately misleading when the argument is presented that human sacrifice is as old as the first civilizations. It is true that humans have been killed as part of sacred rituals for thousands of years. However, it is equally true that certain methods of killing have been reserved for specific deities for an equally long time.
The rituals of sacrificing a human being for the purpose of their blood, including rituals associated with self injury in order to cause blood loss has been the primary domain of worship of the Mother Goddess for nearly ten thousand years.
|Saviour/God||Virgin Mother||Culture/Religion||Year of Origin|
|Shamgar||Anat||Mari, Syria||2000 BCE|
There are three primary drivers in ancient rituals of human sacrifice for blood: The ceremony of blood as the food of the gods, Blood as the seat of the soul/wisdom and duty/atonement.
Blood as the food of the Gods/Goddess
The connection of the Mother Goddess fertilizing the lands and life, in turn being nourished by the sacrificed pure blood of innocents is an extremely old belief.
In Greek mythology, the word ambrosia is used in replacement for blood. Nevertheless, there exists numerous stories whereby fresh living blood from a slain innocent is seen as necessary to the goddess in order to maintain her favour.
In the case of Cybele, the goddess who is depicted in one instance as the black meteorite, it is understandable to consider that ancient religions were formed to make sense of disaster and death, particularly when caused by such things as “heavenly fire”.
Blood as the seat of the soul
One of the secret mysteries of Eastern and Western religions is the belief that blood, particularly the blood of a recently slain victim contains the seat of their soul and wisdom.
There is also associated mythology to the beliefs that the fresh blood of innocents is an elixer of youth.
As twisted as these ideas might be, they remain at the centre of the mysteries surrounding blood cults to the Goddess and more recently modern interpretations such as Lucifer.