Rosa Carmona Vera and Dr. Colleen Delaney
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The idea of sacrifice is seen widely across cultures and religions. Past civilizations believed deeply in their traditions and religion which resulted in extremities such as death within their own population. The development of the past societies such as the Aztecs, Incas, and Ancient Northern kingdoms were dependent on agriculture and trade to survive. Important individuals of a society would initiate rituals that incorporated human sacrifice to a deity or a higher power in exchange for prosperity. The purpose of this research is to understand how societies over time used religion and rituals to perpetuate authority and cultivate relationships with their gods through the people. Through the use of comparative research and secondary data analysis of different cultures, I proposed a theory on human sacrifice in past civilizations. My results have concluded that past civilizations not only used human sacrifice as a religious ritual but also as a way to bring their societies together, re-establish power, and increase society cooperation.