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“Perhaps the most interesting form of sacrifice was personal bloodletting by the ruler/priests. Classic sculptures and painting on pottery show rulers using various kinds of sharp objects (sting-ray spines, thin bone knives and obsidian blades) to pierce the foreskin of their penis. The resulting blood was sometimes poured onto bark paper upon which messages to the gods were written. The paper was then burned in special pottery vessels, sending the message skyward to the gods. Apparently the presence of the royal blood on the paper ensured prompt receipt by the gods.”
Originally published: 2005/06/01 21:14:56