Additionally,contrary to the Hollywood hype, animals, though important, are not the central focus of most ceremonies.
They are merely consecrated offerings, made sacred for communal meals by the intiate, to share with their gods, ancestors, and the poor.
The "rituals" surrounding this routine event are no more spectacular than the prepartion of foods and farm anmials for a family meal, or the Jewish ritual of kashruth (Kosher slaughtering) in making an animal sacred for offerings and consuming.
This ritual practice is an essential custom in Islam as well. For example, Turkish Muslims sacrifice cows, sheep, goats and bulls during the four-day religious holiday, a ritual commemorating what they believe is the biblical account of God's provision of a ram for Abraham to sacrifice as he was about to slay his son.
Just as Islam's African roots reveal, they too share the meat with friends, family and neighbors and give part of it to the poor.
This ceremony is also performed by Muslim men when taking on brides. A ram or goat is sacrificed for each wife for a period of three to four days.
Animal offerings are a sacred, humane, and essential religious rite that has been in practice in many cultures all over the world for thousands of years, even up until the present. African religious sacrifical ceremonies are the oldest in the world, and are the most enduring.
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ANIMAL SACRIFICE AROUND THE WORLD