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49 In those times of Hebrew history, the prophets turned with stern rebuke on those who ranked ceremonial ordinance above weightier matters of the law. " "I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats . . Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes. " Continuing the enquiry into the physical operation ascribed to sacrifice, we turn to a different conception. It is an idea well vouched for in the lower culture, that the deity, while leaving apparently untouched the offering set out before him, may nevertheless partake of or abstract what in a loose way may be described as its essence.
It survives in traditional folklore, and it holds a place in established religion. One of its most remarkable survivals may be seen in Bulgaria, where sacrifice of live victims is to this day one of the accepted rites of the land. They sacrifice a lamb on St George's day, telling to account for the custom a legend which combines the episodes of the offering of Isaac and the miracle of the Three Children. , are offered in order that the children of the house may enjoy good health throughout the year.