In ancient Carthage, long before they were conquered by the Romans, a tragic ceremony existed in which infants would be sacrificed to the gods. The people believed that doing so would allow them to retain better control of their growing populations. In an even more horrifying turn, many wealthy parents would purposefully sacrifice their infant children in order to retain their wealth. In the 700 years or so this ceremony continued, it is estimated that more than 20,000 infants were killed.
Infant Sacrifice | 10 of the Most Horrific Sacrifical Ceremonies
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