Society, New-York Historical Collections

ISBN 13: 9780217912068

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1821 edition. Excerpt: ...deer and a delicious dish of sapaan! Have mercy upon him, and grant good lack to him and his family.' " Heckewelder, Hist. Ace. oflnd. p. 204.207. See Note S. t This may account for the following statement by Charlevoix: " Presque Unites les Nations Algonquines out donm: le nom de grand Lafrre au premier Esprit. Quelques tins 1'appellant Michabtru; d'autres slta/ioca/t." Journal, p. 344. Loikicl, p. 40. All the inhabitants of the West Indies offered sacrifices; and of these, the Charaibes were accustomed, at the funerals of their friends, to offer some of the captives who had been taken in battle-t I scarcely need advert to the well-known fact, that human sacrifices were offered by the Mexicans. Of these, all the Spanish historians have given the most horrible and disgusting account, and they are described more especially by Ber-nal Diaz, who was an eye witness, with the most artless and affecting simplicity. Of this practice, however, there are no traces among the present Indian tribes, unless the tormenting of their captives, as Char-levoix seems to intimate, be considered as a sacrifice to the God of war.J That the practice of sacrifice, as an expiation for sin, formed a prominent feature in the religion of all the nations of the old world, is a truth too well known to require proof. That it formed a part of the patriarchal religion, is equally evident; and that it must have been of divine institution, will, 1 think, be admitted, after a very little reflection. The earliest instance of worship, recorded in the Holy Scriptures, is the sacrifice offered by Cain and Abel, at a period when no permission had yet been given to eat animal food, and no pretext could nave possibly presented itself to the mind of man for taking the life of any of the...

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