131: Aztecs: another interpretation
131- Aztecs: another interpretation
Published by Philippe POTEL-BELNER on Academia.edu and www.langue-et-histoire.com, the 9th of September 2019
When someone wants to depict a ferocious religion or a bloodthirsty people, generally, he takes the Aztec example.
But is it really true ?
Are sacrifices, depicted in paintings and inscriptions, pictures of a reality or only religious and symbolic scenes ?
Historians have always to keep in mind that there are many approaches of a subject. The most dangerous approach is the conventional one, because nobody is allowed to question it.
Even so, the conventionnal approach, in history, goes back in time, to Christian documents and analysis, which are not impartial.
In Aztec pictures, priests seem to attach importance to blood, as a symbolic element of life.
What could we think about the Christian rite consisting in drinking the Christ's blood ?
If ever a painter has shown this rite in one of his works, someone seeing it could find the Christian religion bloodthirsty.
And what could we think about the crucifixion ? -of course, it was a Roman coutume, yet rather rare. But this use in a symbolic way, in the Christian religion, is, to say the least, ferocious.
Are Aztec pictures depicting mythologic scenes ? It is possible.
In the Indian religion, life is considered as a continuous sacrifice. Every living thing can live only by puting another living thing to death. It is the cosmic sacrifice, as the Sun does, and as Jesus Christ does. So depicting sacrifices is supposed to be common religious scenes in both religions.
If you want to get an intelligent thinking, learn by yourself, think by yourself, and never take discourses, even academic ones, as an irrefutable truth.