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The Hebrew Bible also mentions what appears to be child sacrifice practiced at a place called the Tophet (from the Hebrew taph or toph, to burn) by the Canaanites.Writing in the 3rd century BCE, Kleitarchos, one of the historians of Alexander the Great, described that the infants rolled into the flaming pit.In ancient Greek religion, this practice took the responsibility away from the parents because the child would die of natural causes, for example hunger, asphyxiation or exposure to the elements.The practice was prevalent in ancient Rome, as well.Egypt was heavily dependent on the annual flooding of the Nile to irrigate the land and in years of low inundation severe famine could occur with breakdowns in social order resulting, notably between 930-1070 AD and 1180-1350 AD.Instances of cannibalism are recorded during these periods but it is unknown if this happened during the pharaonic era of Ancient Egypt. 46–120 AD) mentions the practice, as do Tertullian, Orosius, Diodorus Siculus and Philo.
These babies would not be directly killed, but put in a clay pot or jar and deserted outside the front door or on the roadway.Anthropologist Laila Williamson notes that "Infanticide has been practiced on every continent and by people on every level of cultural complexity, from hunter gatherers to high civilizations, including our own ancestors.Rather than being an exception, then, it has been the rule." while in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and in the Inca Empire it was carried out by sacrifice (see below).Quiet little pub, music on the background, get to know each other and have a laugh.
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Three thousand bones of young children, with evidence of sacrificial rituals, have been found in Sardinia.