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Is there an ancient religion which doesn't include sacrifice?

What I here mean by sacrifice is slaughter, not an offering.
You can think of any ancient rooted religion -Shintoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shamanism…-


  1. Perhaps Budhism. Sacrifice was a means of wanting to give up something that belongs to you. Something of value. In the Judeo-Christian-Islamic traditions where the intial guidance was given to nomadic people whose animals were their means of livelihood, it was required to sacrifice the animals in the process of looking UP to the Creator rather than depending on the animal itself. Thus all sacrifices were food sacrifice. You did not sacrifice a tiger or a bear or another wild animal that you caught and sacrificed. You sacrificed something your life depended on.
    Budhism, an offshoot of Hindusim taught that the best sacrifice is your own desires, which is what the other faiths taught too, but in a more practical and direct way.
    I hope this answers your question.

  2. I don’t think Buddhists have ever required sacrifice as part of their belief system. Although it doesn’t prohibt people from eating meat and when monks were traveling people would often slaughter an animal to offer it as food but not as a religious offering/requirement of a God.

  3. The religions people above are posting modern religions compared to the older native religions…
    The Australian Aborigine has about the oldest belief system known to man and they never sacrificed…
    Also hundreds of native African and American religions didn’t either….
    Blessed Be…)O(

  4. Buddhism doesn’t practice sacrifice – never has.
    The whole idea runs counter to the Buddhist teachings of loving kindness and compassion to ALL beings.

  5. Buddhism and all teaching derive from Buddhism doesn’t have any sacrifice by another one’s life. So you can sacrifice but not harm another one ‘s life. I don’t have a link but I remember some chapter in teaching of buddha that I used to read say about the correct way to sacrifice.

  6. I don’t think so.
    If the total sacrifice of your physical life and total devotion to Budd ism isn’t sacrifice what is.
    God Bless!

  7. Buddhism DOES suggest sacrifice (although not the slaughter type) through learning to rid oneself of desires.However, Buddhists have never sacrificed (that I’ve read of) because a slaughtered sacrifice is offered to Gods. And in Buddhism there are no Gods. Maybe I misunderstood the question, but I hope that helped clear up a few other answers.

  8. I cant say this for a fact, but I think mabey Zoroastrinism. I am not saying this is a fact, because Zoroastrinism predates Judahism, and is still practiced today, mostly in Iran.

  9. I rather approve of the Mayan way. They took convicted felons and sacrificed them with great ceremony, almost daily. A sort of ‘greasing the wheels’, much better than phoney pretexts for wars.

  10. The only true religion, with no sacrifices described is The Druids of ancient Britain. Druidism is still practiced today and a large gathering occurs every year at Stonehenge, on the eve of the longest day. They worship the Sun and stars and preach nothing but peace and plenty for all. They are now mainly centred in Wales.


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