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Any of a set of (alleged) religious practices among several cultures where human victims were (allegedly) killed to appease local deities.

This is a controversial topic, as colonizers frequently made claims about human sacrifice by indigenous populations to rationalize their conquests. Because of this, this topic will tend to draw "push questions" and (off-topic) anthropological questions. However, if properly asked, the tag can be used to ask about the historicity of such claims.