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ritual murder

n.
The murder of a person as part of a ritual, such as a human sacrifice to a deity.
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When the mummified body of a young woman is dug out of a peat bog, everything points to an ancient ritual murder, but it soon becomes clear that the crime is years, rather than centuries, old.
They even borrowed the ancient charge of the ritual murder of children--the so-called "blood libel"--to vilify their enemies.
Unfortunately, a nexus developed between the blood cult and ritual murder and host desecration accusations against Jews that spread across Europe beginning in the 12th century.
Cranston invites members of the audience to enact a similar ritual murder on her own pendant form--if they would be willing to pay for the pleasure by buying the work.
With no basis in fact, Christians charged Jews with heinous deeds such as desecrating the eucharistic host and even engaging in ritual murder of Christian children.
[3] For Attali, "noise is a weapon," and music, at its deepest level, "is the formation, domestication, and ritualization of that weapon as a kind of ritual murder" (Spencer, quoting Attali, 149).
Kieval who proves that the discourse prevailing in Germany and Austria-Hungary, concerning the myth of ritual murder, assumed an important role in the elaboration of politics and political relationships in the Czech lands.
Indicative of the spirit of their enterprise, however, is their observation that instances of barbarism exist (or have existed) in other societies - cannibalism among Native Americans, human sacrifice among the Druids of ancient Britain, ritual murder as a rite of passage among certain American street gangs, the murder of female newborns in contemporary China - but that few would take any of these as typical of the culture or continent in question.
Ratti, a demagogue, preaches antimodern attitudes, a return to "pure" living, and hatred of those who look different; he even persuades his frenzied listeners to commit ritual murder. Contrasted with Ratti is the aged, wise Mother Gisson, a Demeter figure who is in tune with the natural order.
This ritual murder was performed on behalf of Washington's citizens and in our names, using our tax monies, our employees, even our rope.
The blood libel, known as "ritual murder," though repudiated by officials of both the Christian and Muslim faiths over many centuries, remains a potent tool of public incitement--its persistence is amply attested to today in the ugly antiSemitic provocations throughout the Muslim world.