Can Inequality Be Traced To Ritualistic Killings?
A new study found human sacrifices were strongly linked to the growth of civilizations –– especially ones with rigid class systems.By Ryan Biek | April 10, 2016
New research says human sacrifices were strongly linked to the growth of civilizations, at least unequal ones.
The study, published in the journal Nature this month, traced family trees and found connections among a number of groups in the Pacific. Some groups had fairly equal class systems, while others split citizens into regimented groups economically and socially.
Historically, human sacrifice could be used to signal the start of wars, to end diseases, when leaders died and more.