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It also quite possible that this myth was a cleansing ritualization of sectarian religious violence. The ancients handled these problems with clarifying myths, while today we all too prone to resort to actual bloodshed.
I have moved this sentence to talk. It was misplaced; it formerly appeared at the end of the references. Sectarian violence was generally less likely among Greco-Roman pagans, whose gods were not exclusive and who were likelier to syncretize a strange god than to condemn its worship. I suspect this is original speculation, and is not NPOV in any case. Smerdis of Tlön 17:21, 4 November 2005 (UTC)