The Abraham and Isaac was a “stop the human sacrifice story.” The crucifixion is both a self-sacrifice and father’s sacrifice; it is a “sacrifice to end all sacrifices.” I’m not always sure where symbolism and reality part, in the bible or in pagan mythology.The intention of sacrifice was always good (even human sacrifice), but good intention does not mean things will turn out good.
A fertility rite is an act of sacrificing to seed. You have to set aside some of your best crop to make seed. Good intention, but a very bad and unfruitful practice when applied to egg based life-forms, like humans.
My last post was about a woman who saw a similarity in theme in the Aztec and Catholic religions – the theme of sacrifice. Sister (Sor) Juana Inés de la Cruz also saw wrong on both sides, but the nun appears to say death by sacrifice was more noble than the use of the zealot Catholic sword. Mel Gibson depicted Catholics bringing salvation to the New World, in Apocalypto, but the nun who was there depicts something rather different.
I did not know about Sor Juana when I started writing about, “Worshiping Narcissus,” but it appears she saw things much the same way. Zeal does not make an appearance in the Narcissus myth but Sor Juana, but made a character named Zeal because she saw the connection. Dali may have seen the same thing, he put a dog of war in his Metamorphosis of Narcissus. Belief in god is not the problem, unless the god is Narcissus. Atheists also worship this deity, so the “Unholier than thou” and the “Holier than thou” often share the same face.
I wish all would sacrifice some belief, because such a small amount of self-sacrifice may bring a bit more peace to the world.
(Top Right) Sacrifice of Isaac by Jacopo ligozzi,