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The Judeo-Christian Concept of ‘Sacrifice’ and Interpretation of Human Sacrifice in Uganda

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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.


International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences (Volume 41)
P. Musana, "The Judeo-Christian Concept of ‘Sacrifice’ and Interpretation of Human Sacrifice in Uganda", International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Vol. 41, pp. 39-52, 2014
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