The Judeo-Christian Concept of 'Sacrifice' and Interpretation of Human Sacrifice in Uganda
There is today a marked increase of reports on human sacrifice especially in the media and police. Accounting for these actions have been difficult given the secrecy that surrounds it especially given the fact that it is considered a 'ritual' enacted for spiritual-magical benefits. The practice of human sacrifice has antecedents in most world religions, many times serving the ritual-magical purpose of setting and maintaining relationships with what humans in the respective belief systems consider as divine (supernatural). This paper seeks to investigate and relate the meaning of 'sacrifice' from the Judeo- Christian faith in the Ugandan context, given the place and influence of Christianity in the Ugandan community. The conclusion of the evidence provided is that the new forms of sacrifice in Uganda today do not in any way conform to the Judeo-Christian form and understanding. In essence, the phenomenon confirms the fact that in spite of the spread of Christianity in the country, most of its adherents still conform to the indigenous beliefs and practices; as it (Christianity) serves as a veneer. (original abstract)
- Catholic Encyclopedia-http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13309a.htm
- Rosalie D., Handbook to Life in Ancient Egypt: Facts on File; New York, 1998.
- Beattie J., Other Cultures: London, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1964.
- Girard R., Violence and the Sacred: (Translated by Patrick Gregory), London: The John Hopkins University Press, 1977.
- The Uganda Constitution, Government of Uganda. Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, 1995.
- Anderson W.B., The Living Word of the Old Testament (Fourth Edition): England; Longman, 1988.
- Lambert W. C. and Parker S. B., Enûma Eliš: The Babylonian Epic of Creation, Oxford, 1966.
- Oesterley W.O.E., Sacrifices in Ancient Israel: Their Origin, Purpose and Development, London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1937.
- http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/bakers-evangelical-dictionary/wrath-ofgod. html Accessed 24th October 2011.