ESCHMANN, Anncharlott, Das religiöse Geschichtsbild der Azteken, Indiana, Beiheft 4 - Berlin, Gebr. Mann Verlag, 1976, 371 p

ESCHMANN, Anncharlott, Das religiöse Geschichtsbild der Azteken, Indiana, Beiheft 4 - Berlin,... BOOK REVIEWS ESCHMANN, Anncharlott, Das religiöse Geschichtsbild der Azteken, Indiana, Beiheft 4 - Berlin, Gebr. Mann Verlag, 1976, 371 p. A widespread belief among the peoples of the West and those in- fluenced by them holds that only the Biblical religions are truly historical, that only they have historical revelations, and that the course of history justifies this belief. Non-Western peoples, whether highly civilized societies or simple, primitive ones, are lumped together as non-historical, living in a cyclical pattern of ritual that corresponds to the natural repetitions of the seasons and the movements of the heavenly bodies, without historical significance. A number of studies shows the gross oversimplification of this position. It has been pointed out that the intervention of the gods in human affairs was a common trait among ancient Near Eastern peoples, that Biblical liturgy also retains patterns of repetition inherited from older, "natural," religions, that some highly civilized non-Biblical societies interpreted their contacts with the Western world according to their own view of human affairs, which was their own version of history, not necessarily like the rectilinear Western or the cyclical primitive. But all these studies have been ineffectual in changing the well-established image of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Numen Brill

ESCHMANN, Anncharlott, Das religiöse Geschichtsbild der Azteken, Indiana, Beiheft 4 - Berlin, Gebr. Mann Verlag, 1976, 371 p

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BOOK REVIEWS ESCHMANN, Anncharlott, Das religiöse Geschichtsbild der Azteken, Indiana, Beiheft 4 - Berlin, Gebr. Mann Verlag, 1976, 371 p. A widespread belief among the peoples of the West and those in- fluenced by them holds that only the Biblical religions are truly historical, that only they have historical revelations, and that the course of history justifies this belief. Non-Western peoples, whether highly civilized societies or simple, primitive ones, are lumped together as non-historical, living in a cyclical pattern of ritual that corresponds to the natural repetitions of the seasons and the movements of the heavenly bodies, without historical significance. A number of studies shows the gross oversimplification of this position. It has been pointed out that the intervention of the gods in human affairs was a common trait among ancient Near Eastern peoples, that Biblical liturgy also retains patterns of repetition inherited from older, "natural," religions, that some highly civilized non-Biblical societies interpreted their contacts with the Western world according to their own view of human affairs, which was their own version of history, not necessarily like the rectilinear Western or the cyclical primitive. But all these studies have been ineffectual in changing the well-established image of

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