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Two points, Pete, one trivial, one substantial. The trivial one is why do you spell their name as "Kond" when all (or most of) the published references to them seem to as "Khond"?

The other is that while the historical evidence that the imposition of British rule and protection from each other coincided with the ending of the sacrifices, it strikes me that a more convincing piece of data to support the argument would be to show that the the tribes doing better were also the ones that sacrificed more frequently. As it is, it appears that nearly all tribes did at least one sacrifice per year. If this is what most did most of the time, and there was no link between doing well and sacrificing more, that somewhat weakens the arguument.

In any case, certainly an interesting case.

Just to be really anally trivial, I note that "Kh" and "K" are not pronounced similarly. The former is generally pronounced like the "ch" at the beginning of "chutzpah." I note that Victorian Brits tended to be very precise and fussy about such matters.

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This argument can certainly be extended to a rational theory for war (mass human sacrifice).

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"Practically everywhere it is understood that communication with the divine should be through exchange, through mutual giving, which is reflected in the circulation of gifts within the community or hierarchy of Creation of the Sacred." - Walter Burkert, Creation of the Sacred: Tracks of Biology in Early Religions

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