That reminds me of the Aztecs - they believed that you could ask favors of the gods in return for personal sacrifice. The personal sacrifice was harsh and involve torments such as pulling rough beeds through one's tongue, flagellation, blood letting the penis, etc."Deeply Religious Newburgh Man Crushed By Falling Crucifix, Loses Leg"
"David Jimenez believed his devotion to a crucifix was responsible for his wife being cured of cancer. Well, the crucifix fell on him, crushing one of his legs ... the leg had to be amputated.
"Jimenez sees tragic irony in losing his leg to a crucifix he had prayed to. The crucifix had been outside the Church of St. Patrick in Newburgh. For months, the 45-year-old pizza worker would stop and pray at the crucifix, that his wife would be cured of ovarian cancer. Because of that, Jimenez said, he got permission to clean the crucifix, which was long-neglected. But in doing so, the statue dislodged and toppled onto him.“Throwing him down to the parking lot, crushing his right leg,” Kitson said."
On top of that, the Gods could be capricious.