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Which ancient cults would cut out the hearts of live animals and offer them as sacrifices?

Which ancient cults would cut out the hearts of live animals and offer them as sacrifices? The Mishnah (Avodah Zarah 2:3) mentions a concept called עורות לבובין which Maimonides and other commentators ...

animals reference-request sacrifice rituals  
asked by Reb Chaim HaQoton 1 vote
answered by Codosaur -1 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Why is silver in particular effective against dark creatures like vampires?

For instance, according to the supernatural wiki, silver is a metal with strong supernatural properties. But historically, why is specifically silver considered harmful to vampires? Is there a reason ...

vampires apotropaism  
asked by Tom M 9 votes
answered by N. Presley 7 votes

Is there a word for the type of creatures that feeds off human energy, such as emotions?

Is there a common, categorical name for creatures that become stronger and more powerful by feeding off living beings' emotions, such as fear, anger, greed?

mythical-creatures  
asked by user997 14 votes
answered by Mary C 9 votes

Why was Odin afraid that his ravens would not return back to him?

Odin's ravens would continuously fly all over Midgard to collect information and bring it back to Odin. In Norse mythology, Huginn (from Old Norse "thought") and Muninn (Old Norse ...

norse odin  
asked by codingEnthusiast 26 votes
answered by codingEnthusiast 11 votes

Why is Odin called the Allfather?

He is the father of many gods, but certainly not all, and he is not the creator of the Norse universe. Is this epithet merely an honorific, referencing Odin's status as patriarch, or are there other ...

norse odin  
asked by DukeZhou 6 votes
answered by yannis 6 votes

How many heads did the Hydra originally have?

When Hercules fought the Hydra, it had 9 heads I think. But the way of the Hydra is that when one is cut down 2 grow up. So obviously some foolish fighters went in and cut some heads before, to ...

greek mythical-creatures  
asked by bleh 4 votes
answered by femtoRgon 6 votes

Was Artemis a lesbian?

The material I was taught in school spoke of how Artemis never sought the company of man (romantically or sexually). Said material merely described the huntress as 'celibate', but this was sort of a ...

greek olympians artemis  
asked by king of panes 13 votes
answered by WallWatcher 14 votes

How did Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades decide who would rule what?

From Wikipedia article on Hades: Zeus got the sky, Poseidon got the seas, and Hades received the underworld, the unseen realm to which the souls of the dead go upon leaving the world as well as ...

greek zeus olympians hades poseidon  
asked by Ero Sɘnnin 16 votes
answered by durron597 17 votes
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