The Traumatic Dimensions of Sacrifice
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Early humans believed that blood sacrifices were needed to appease the anger of vengeful gods. Jung was interested in sacrifice primarily from a psychological point of view; however, for him the concept also had a religious significance. Every sacrifice, whether religious or psychological, has a meaning to the sacrificer, a meaning that makes the sacrifice necessary. However, in the context of trauma, victims are often sacrificed needlessly, meaninglessly, to the madness of a religious or political ideology, unnatural passions, or an overwhelming hunger for power and dominance. The trauma victim spontaneously struggles to invest his or her experience with some meaning in the face of this meaninglessness. Unlike Inanna’s sacrifice, however, traumatic victimization at the hands of another is completely involuntary, and the resulting demolition of ego structures is followed neither by regeneration nor by re-creation, but by a sense of drowning in chaos.