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    its most common defense, Human Sacrifice.

    Nothing is clearer than the fact that primitive man, whether in New Guinea today or eons ago in the prehistoric wilderness, is not and never has been a creature who peoples his world with bright fancies and lovely visions. Horrors lurked in the primeval forest, not nymphs and naiads. Terror lived there, with its close attendant, Magic, and its most common defense, Human Sacrifice.

    Source: Mythology [http://www.scribd.com/doc/105915835/...ton-Mythology] = second paragraph

    Hi,

    I can't understand the blue part very well. This is my paraphrase:
    [and its most common defense was human sacrifice] = means that the most common way to defend them was to be killed while encountering them

    Am I right?

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    Re: its most common defense, Human Sacrifice.

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Nothing is clearer than the fact that primitive man, whether in New Guinea today or eons ago in the prehistoric wilderness, is not and never has been a creature who peoples his world with bright fancies and lovely visions. Horrors lurked in the primeval forest, not nymphs and naiads. Terror lived there, with its close attendant, Magic, and its most common defense, Human Sacrifice.

    Source: Mythology [http://www.scribd.com/doc/105915835/...ton-Mythology] = second paragraph

    Hi,

    I can't understand the blue part very well. This is my paraphrase:
    [and its most common defense was human sacrifice] = means that the most common way to defend them was to be killed while encountering them

    Am I right?
    "Human sacrifice" is not about being killed by the terrorizing force, it is about killing one or more other people as an offering to appease the gods.

    See the article here: Human sacrifice - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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