A significant issue in the political ideology of premodern societies is the relationship in which those men exercising worldly domination stand in regard to the para-human power(s), transcendent or immanent, believed to be in control of the universe. What emerges from the assembled data, both Mesopotamian and comparative, is that in the pre- scientific social formations considered here there is no absolute boundary between the world of humans and that of the gods, and that the monarch occupies the fuzzy transitional space between the two spheres.
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