The spirit had to be “pacified with human flesh.”
If scholars and adherents of Vodou are to be believed, consistent portrayals of 'voodoo' practitioners as barbaric, violent and most of all as African-American, not only influences public perception of our religion, but perception of African-Americans.
Were the Vikings even more brutal than we realized? From the ninth century to the 11th century, marauding Viking warriors laid waste to a broad swath of Europe, and in the process often took slaves for physical labor and sex.
People who visit Teotihuacan, outside of Mexico City, for the first time, often wonder if it was built by aliens. How else could humans who had nothing but stone tools construct a city like this?