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  • A lot of people (and the wiki page) are explaining the ritual from the beginning of Super Watermelon Island as a way to select a sacrifice. Which, obstinently, makes sense, as this is what happens. But I don't think the ritual was like "nose goes", as many people have suggested. Instead, I think the purpose was to identify Steven.

    Fact 1: The ritual happened as soon as Steven arrived at the town plaza. Either this sacrifice happens way too much, or it happened as a result of his being there.

    Fact 2: Every melon knew what to do during the ritual. Only Steven, being the outsider, was unsure, which led to him being chosen. What happens when they all know what to do? The process wouldn't work. This strange, simple gesture the melons do seems perfectly designed to say "not me".

    Fact 3: They dressed Steven as Steven. The yellow star & pink roses are all symbols he is associated with. They likely see Steven as some sort of god, (in fact the entire mythos of the watermelon stevens is fascinating and deserves investigation) and treat him as such, carrying him around on a chair. If this sacrifice was meant for anyone, why the specific garb?

    Fact 4: Malachite reacted quite violently to seeing Steven. This implies that this is not a regular occurence, or that Malachite has a very short memory.

    Fact 5: The ritual seemed to do the one thing it needed to do to save the world: inform (their gods) Steven & the Crystal Gems about the impending release of Malachite.

    I would guess that, opposed to ritual sacrifice, this process was explicitly designed to identify Steven when he possessed his avatar, and take him to the horrible demon that lives near the melons. This implies some sort of cognizance of Steven's abilities, the possession process, the ultimate fate of Malachite, etc. It also makes the whole ritual sacrifice thing seem a lot less horrifying, given the rarity and necessity of its occurrence.

    Thoughts?

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    • This is what I thought. Like its a quick and easy way to rcognize Steven. This is proved more by the fact that they drew a star on him and gave him a crown of Roses. And I don't think it was a complete sacrifice. More like a way to find steven and have him protect them. So he's not exactly a sacrifice, more like a savior.

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    • what I think:

      Fact1 - the ritual occurs every time Malachite is causing earthquakes in order to calm her down.

      Fact2 - I understood that the selected for sacrifice is the one who last points to his nose, like a children's game. there will always be the slower one.

      Fact3 - they intended to calm Malachite by giving her a fake Steven for her irrational revenge impulse be satisfied.

      Fact4 - She was mentally unstable, probably single minded in her anger and revenge.

      Fact5 - the ritual was a way to avoid Malachite to destroy their village in search for Steven.

      just my opinion, though

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    • We don't know that the ritual occurs every time Malachite is causing earthquakes. In fact, we know from the end of the episode that Malachite wasn't causing the earthquakes, although the Melons may have assumed so.

      That said, I suspect that this was part of their quest to understand Baby Melon's sacrifice for Steven, as Steven instructed them not to return until they understood what he'd done - they have the Steven-Melon assume the same pose as Baby Melon. This does suggest that it was intended as a sacrifice.

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    • MugaSofer wrote:
      We don't know that the ritual occurs every time Malachite is causing earthquakes. In fact, we know from the end of the episode that Malachite wasn't causing the earthquakes, although the Melons may have assumed so.

      That said, I suspect that this was part of their quest to understand Baby Melon's sacrifice for Steven, as Steven instructed them not to return until they understood what he'd done - they have the Steven-Melon assume the same pose as Baby Melon. This does suggest that it was intended as a sacrifice.

      Good point. Steven told them to understand sacrifice.

      They might be mocking religion a little bit: someone tells people about the virtue of sacrafices and they start sacrafice people.

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