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.