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Animal Sacrifice

Killing in Cults and Religion


Curated by: Barbara Porod

Press conference: May 19, 2016, 10:30 am
Opening: May 19, 2016, 6 pm

Duration: 20.05.–30.10.2016

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The psychology of ritual slaughter, its historical and sociological aspects, form the core of the 2016 special exhibition of the Archaeology Museum, Animal Sacrifice. Killing in Cult and Religion. The function of the religiously justified animal slaughter can only be understood as part of the whole ritual performance: whether as a private sacrifice when visiting the temple, as a political sacrifice of whole communities, as the sacrifice to mark the cycles of the calendar or of life, the killing of an animal was meant to ensure the presence of the Divine and so the fulfilment of human wishes.


For some 150 years, from the pre-Roman La Tène Period right up to change in eras, the sanctuary at the ‘Perl-/Stadläckern’ at Frauenberg near Leibnitz was used. In a ditch that was five metres wide and one metre deep, the remains of some 1,500 sacrificial animals were disposed of, including at least 1,383 cattle. In the inter-disciplinary examination of the findings, scientists were able to verify the first ever sanctuary from the La Tène Period found outside of Gaul.



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