German Chancellor Angela Merkel has a strong interest in Mesopotamians religion, according to her new book, The Path of Persuasion.
Merkel has been fascinated with ancient Near Eastern religion for a long time, and in her new biography of her, she describes the way in which she and her husband had a close relationship with Mesopotamia.
In a new chapter of her book titled The Path to Persuasive Power, Merkel describes her “brief, passionate” encounter with the culture during the 1930s and 1940s when she and the then-Chancellor Heinrich Himmler visited Mesopotamus to observe its culture and culture, which is still referred to as the “Hemispheres heritage”.
Merkel described the experience as “exquisite”.
Merkel said she was fascinated by Mesopotamic religion, which she described as the world religion.
“I always felt that there was something special about the ancient Near East.
This is where the world began.
And that’s what I love,” Merkel said in her book.
“The fact that they can trace their roots in this land, and that their language is ancient, and they have a long history of cooperation, and this is something that I can’t get enough of.”
Merkel was also asked by German TV interviewer, “You were once a member of a religious group and now you’re the chancellor?”
Merkel replied “Yes, I am”.
Merkel, who has a large Assyrian Christian population in Germany, told the interviewer, ‘I’ve always wanted to become a Christian, but at the same time, I wanted to be an atheist’.
“My religion is not religious in the usual sense.
I do not believe in God,” Merkel told the broadcaster.
“But I also have an atheist side.
I don’t believe in a higher power.
I believe in the world.”
The interview is available on German TV’s online edition.
In the book, Merkel writes about her friendship with the late leader of the Assyrian church, Asma, who was an ardent supporter of the German cause during World War II.
She said she and Asma had a deep friendship, which they shared “as friends”.
She also wrote that she was impressed by Asma’s strength and compassion and her courage.
“When I was younger, I used to be afraid of Asma because she was so brave and fearless,” Merkel wrote.
“We could not live with our fears if we could not share them with her.
And we shared them so well, because we shared a common bond.”
Merkel also wrote about her feelings for the Assyrians, which was something she shared with her husband, the German chancellor, in her biography.
Merkel also mentioned how her father, Joachim, and her mother, Helmut, were members of the Mesopotami church.
“My father was also a very religious person,” Merkel recalled, “and so I had many questions about my parents.
My father told me he felt that the Mesoamerican religion was very important.
He told me, ‘My mother is the most important person in the family, and she is my spiritual teacher.'”
Merkel told a German news outlet in 2016 that she has been interested in ancient religion since she was a young child.
“It was in the beginning of my life that I discovered a new world religion, and I thought, ‘This is very interesting, this religion is very beautiful.'”
Merkel said the book was written during the period of time when the Assyro-Hindu cultural exchange was happening.
“In the late 1940s, my father and I were traveling through Europe, and we saw the Assyriacs, who lived in Greece, living in Germany,” she told the German news magazine Der Spiegel.
“Our goal was to go to Europe to study.
And so, we came to Mesopotamo [a Mesopotacian city], and the first time we were there, we met my father.”
Merkel said when she was younger she had always been afraid of people, but in her youth she began to love them.
“And so, I became interested in Mesoamians and I think that this was one of the reasons why I became a Christian.
I have always loved it, and it’s something I always want to do,” Merkel continued.