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- Continued Lecture…
- The flesh of the victims is ritualistically consumed = Aztec
Cannibalism. a sacred stew of peppers, tomatoes, human flesh.
- In consuming the consecrated flesh of the god-impersonators, the
Mexica believed they were in communion with the gods, partaking
of their bofu and blood.
- Sacred mushrooms „flesh of the gods‟
- Only the aristocracy was entitled to consume human flesh, which
was considered consecrated.
- Spanish priests regard Aztec religion as a “Satanic inversion” of
Christianity, and question the practice of human sacrifice: why not
birds or other animals? Receive sarcastic replies: these are the
offerings of low and poor men, not nobles.
Ecological Crises and the Spanish Conquest
- Recurrent earthquakes, floods, rodents, droughts.
- Population strain, from c.1200 to 1500, growth from roughly
120,000 to almost 1,000,000.
- Protein deficiency? Extinction of the mega-fauna.
- Great famine of 1454 noble children sold out to slavery famine
of 1502-04.
- Guerra florida perhaps beginning to decline by 1500, as struggle for
power, Aztec brutality mounts.
G-d and Israelite Military Ethic
- Monotheism and “holy war”
- Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are religions that are historical
rather than cosmological.
- Holy war is a sign of G-d‟s wrath – sin as infidelity to or non-
recognition of divine revelation
- In the monotheistic religions primary responisibilty for the world‟s
sin is oftentimes projected onto others: non-believers, heretics,
apostates, heathens…
- Holy war is…
- 1) A way of cleansing the world of sin and evil
- 2) of repaying through righteous vengeance the debt accumulated
by sinners
- 3) an act of redemption for the holy warriors
- Patriarch Jacob renamed „Israel” after wrestling with an angerl/god,
Gen. 32:28 Yisra‟el is formed from the verb yisreh. “will fight” and
El or G-d so G-d fights, struggles.
- G-d is supposedly a war-god of conquest, not conversion a
national/tribal deity in the beginning.
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The flesh of the victims is ritualistically consumed = aztec. A sacred stew of peppers, tomatoes, human flesh. In consuming the consecrated flesh of the god-impersonators, the. Mexica believed they were in communion with the gods, partaking of their bofu and blood. Sacred mushrooms flesh of the gods . Only the aristocracy was entitled to consume human flesh, which was considered consecrated. Spanish priests regard aztec religion as a satanic inversion of. Receive sarcastic replies: these are the offerings of low and poor men, not nobles. Population strain, from c. 1200 to 1500, growth from roughly. Great famine of 1454 noble children sold out to slavery famine of 1502-04. Guerra florida perhaps beginning to decline by 1500, as struggle for power, aztec brutality mounts. Judaism, christianity, and islam are religions that are historical rather than cosmological. Holy war is a sign of g-d s wrath sin as infidelity to or non- recognition of divine revelation.

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