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Rationalizations of classical sacrificial practices include supposing that they dramatize the violence of killing and the associated guilt, or that they purge the killing of guilt by seeing it as part of legitimate ritual. Do ut des (Latin: I give so that you give) is the natural attempt to establish relations of reciprocity with divine powers, echoed in Christianity in God's sacrifice of his own son (see atonement).

Subjects: Religion.


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