Martyrdom, Sacrifice, and Self-Harm

Martyrdom, Sacrifice, and Self-Harm

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S1 E4: Sacrifice is one of the most fundamental building blocks of religion. Here, examine how and why people commit self-harm and sacrifice for religious purposes. Topics include animal sacrifice during India's Vedic period, self-denial and asceticism (such as vows of celibacy), and religious suicides from ancient Rome to the modern era.