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1934 Born November 18th, in Winnenden-Hoefen, Wuerttemberg, Germany.
1941-52 Volksschule; apprentice in the Malerhandwerk (painting and decorating); Gewerbeschule.
1953 First immigration to the United States; 1956-58 Member in the United States Army
1959-63 University of Kansas, B.A. degree 1963, philosophy major
1963-64 Evangelical Theological Seminary, Naperville, Illinois.
1964-69 University of Chicago, history of religions. Principal professors were M. Eliade and J.M. Kitagawa; degrees awarded: M.A. 1967; Ph.D. 1969, dissertation: "Mythical Geographies of the Dead in Melanesia."
1968-69 Visiting Lecturer, Religion Department, North Central College, Naperville, Illinois.
1969-79 Assistant Professor, Humanities Dept., Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ.
1972-73 National Endowment for the Humanities, research fellow, University of Oklahoma.
1977 Honorary Research Associate of the Museum of Northern Arizona.
1977-78 Rockefeller Foundation, humanities research fellow, Navajo Indian religion.
1979-82 Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, SMSU, full professor in 1982
1985 Fulbright Professor, American Indian religions, Institute for Religionshistorie, Aarhus University, Denmark.
1986 Return to teaching at SMSU: Religions of the World, Primitive and Prehistoric Religions, American Indian Religions, Chinese Religions, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Evolution of Sacrifice, Kingship and the Gods, Fifth Century B.C.E., Legacy of Egypt.
1988, 1995, 1998, various research awards at SMSU.
1990 "Honorary Professor" at the University of Ningxia, China.
1999, January 1, SMSU professor emeritus.