Have you ever thought what is the meaning of putting coins under foundation stone? Items buried in the foundations of the house were of two kinds: religious or superstitious, but how far this tradition could go?
Human sacrifice for a new house
The barbarous custom of sacrificing a human being at the erection of a new house or fortress is very old as the days of human superstition and human folly.
The general belief in connection with this practice seems to have been that such a sacrifice was necessary in order to ensure stability and durability in the building, be it house, fort, or bridge. The victim was buried under a main supporting-post or foundation-stone in order that he might hold it up. In some cases they were buried alive, or the living person was walled up in a stone wall; in others a person was placed in a hole or foundation and killed by having a huge post or foundation-stones placed on him. Truly man’s inhumanity to man has been marked by ingenious devilry.
Apparently human sacrifice for a new house was by no means a common custom in Korea.
Humans remains found in Korean palace
Archeologists digging at a palace once inhabited by Korean monarchs have found historic human remains in the foundations of its walls. It’s thought they were sacrificed to please ancient gods.
An excavation at Wolseong Palace, Gyeongju, in South Korea uncovered two bodies, the country’s National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage (NRICH) revealed it to the public.
The bones are thought to date back to the Silla Kingdom, an ancient dynasty founded in 57 BC that ruled over Korea until 935 AD.
Work along the western walls of Wolseong Palace compound, where the remains were discovered, has been taking place since June 2015. According to the NRICH, Wolseong displays early evidence of wall construction.
The discovery may give some credence to the “Inju” legend – a belief that people were buried or sacrificed within buildings to ensure that the gods would protect them.
Such sacrifices are already known from ancient civilizations such as Egypt, where slaves were buried with pharaohs to serve them in the afterlife. The practice of human sacrifice remained just a legend in Korea, however.
The Gyeongju National Research Institute, which was involved in the find, believe this could be the first evidence of the grisly exercise in Korea.
“According to tradition it is said that the pillars [human gifts] appeased the gods and prayed that the structures under construction would keep standing forever,” Gyeongju National Research Institute researcher, Park Yoon Jung, told AFP.
However, a professor at Seoul’s Soongsil University, Choi Byung hyun, has said that it may be too early to tell why the people were buried at Wolseong Palace, the Korea Herald reports.
Researchers said it was unclear how the two individuals died. The NRICH says it will carry out “thorough” research to determine the lifestyle of the suspected sacrificial victims.
Human sacrifices to the gods were also made at various countries around the world like New Zealand, China, some parts of South Americaa, the Hawaiian Islands and other Polynesian groups and isles.
Featured image ©Taemin CHOI / Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage via RT