The Sumerians, Egyptians, most members of the Greater Aryan stock, and New World societies engaged in the ritual sacrifice of humans. This practice developed out of totenism where the sacrifice of the totem animal was thought to be resurrected to renew the well being of the society. When agriculture was introduced the totem animal was anthropomorphosized and humans replaced the totem animal in ritual sacrifices. The clan head was now thought to be resurrected and renew fertility and the well being of the society. In Egypt the sacrificed Pharaoh was thought to be resurrected in the afterlife and ultimately by the time the Sed festival was introduced the human sacrifice developed into a symbolic human sacrifice. The Zarathushtrian belief that God was eternal, no longer requiring a scapegoat to ensure the well-being brought an end to the ritual sacrifice of humans among the Aryans (Irano-Afghans). If the Mittani did not perform ritual sacrifices its possible that they contributed to the development of a real human sacrifice into a symbolic human sacrifice considering the close contact the Mitanni had with the Egyptians around the time the Sed Festival was introduced into Egypt. The human sacrifice was prevalent among the Jews. Yahweh instructs Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, but ultimately stops him. This could mark the end of the human sacrifice among the Jews, but then I thought to myself: That's exactly what Jesus was, a ritual sacrifice. He's often linked to Demuzi and other dying gods. Jesus was sacrificed for the well being of man. He died for man's sins in order to redeem man. If God was viewed by the Jews as eternal then why did ritual sacrifice persist into Christian times?