Ancient Mesopotamian Societies Sacrificed Substitute Kings to Eclipses

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Ancient Mesopotamian Societies Sacrificed Substitute Kings to Eclipses

Friday, 2 April

Thousands of years before the current day, ancient civilizations accurately predicted both lunar and solar eclipses. They often believed these events were spiritual omens. When an eclipse came at an inauspicious time, multiple priestly classes scrambled to find a substitute king. In the interest of preserving society, these substitute kings would reign during an eclipse, only to be swiftly murdered afterward. Ben defends early humans, asking what we sacrifice today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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