That said, I don't have much time to write this post. I might be pulling a bit of a James here. ;-)
Which is too bad, because the word of the week is one of my favorite things: BLOOD.
I even did a paper in college about the religious significance of blood rituals.
They are there, throughout the various pre-Judeo-Christian ("Pagan") religions, in the Torah, the Qu'oran, the Bible. Elaborate practices and beliefs have been built around the letting of blood.
- Virginity and the evidence of blood
- Menstruation along with those taboos and rituals
- First blood as a signifier in a duel
- Kosher practices for clean blood-letting
- Blood sacrifice
- Jesus giving wine to his disciples to drink and calling it his blood
Now we understand how blood can carry disease, but so can other bodily fluids. I haven't seen many religious rituals built around pus or snot, for example.
Blood is the life-giver. It takes the place of the sea that used to surround us, that we took inside, to go on land. It is the internal primordial ocean.