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Did the Vikings practice voluntary human sacrifice?

10th-century writer Ahmad ibn Fadlan describes voluntary human sacrifice in his account of a Viking funeral: When their chieftain dies, his family ask his slave-girls and slave-boys, “Who among ...
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In the biography of Turing by Hodges an ancient Celtic tradition is mentioned of killing the last to arrive

It's a well known fact (or legend), told by Julius Caesar in his Commentaries on the Gallic War (Original title, "De Bello Gallico") Chapter 5-56: quo lege communi omnes puberes armati convenire ...
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What was the difference in the minds of the Romans between human sacrifice and gladiator games?

TL;DR: Most of the people that died during the games were not gladiator fighters, the types we most commonly see in the pictures or representations, but were people sentenced to death. To understand ...
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Did the Vikings practice voluntary human sacrifice?

As Yannis says, The "10th-century writer Ahmad ibn Fadlan describes voluntary human sacrifice in his account of a Viking funeral", but note that the designation he uses is "the rus" and it is situated ...
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Did the Vikings practice voluntary human sacrifice?

I believe this may be a reference to the Blood Eagle practice. There is in fact a huge ongoing controversy over whether it was real. For example, one book I have on the Vikings from the 1960s asserts ...
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Did the Minoans practise human sacrifice?

Two thoughts, the first being that the skeletal type of the tall man at Anemospilia was non-Cretan, and dating the presence of Mycenaeans on Crete to when they took it over discounts the possibility ...
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What cultures did, or do, perform human sacrifice on a regular basis?

With spaced regularity, here's another: Vikings sacrificed every 9 years people in honor of Odin. Saxo Grammaticus in his books about the history of Denmark reported it. Check this question for a more ...
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