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Ritual Cannibalism. I've put off starting this thread until I felt it would not be dropping too big a bomb on fence sitters. In church they call it communion; symbolically eating JeZeus and drinking his blood. I gag at the thought. I haven't studied archeology that much but I do find it fascinating. How far back does this craziness go?

FynTul 6 July 17

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According to scripture, it troubled a lot of Jesus’ listeners too.

It starts with John 6:53: So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. He continues in verses 57 and 58: As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate, and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.”

It didn’t go down well with the Jews in general or even the disciples:

When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” ‘John 6:60 ESV. Jesus gave them some explanation in verses 62 and 63: Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

So I think it’s fair to conclude he meant his words were like bread that would sustain the spirit and save it.

@RussMaughan I was told that turning the other cheek meant not returning offense too quickly. That must be good advice. We're left to decide what to do if the person keeps striking us. I hate that about scripture.


As I understand it, Catholics believe they are literally eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Christ, which really is cannibalism. To the protestants (I was raised as one) it is indeed symbolic. Still a bit uck, though.

Coffeo Level 8 July 18, 2018

Ritual cannibalism has a long and storied history in human culture. Joseph Campbell discussed it in his books and lectures.

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