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Religions of the Ancient World

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Religions of the Ancient World

Religion is an ever-growing idea that has no set date of origin. Throughout history religion has served as an answer to the questions that man could not resolve. The word religion is derived from the Latin word “religio” meaning restraint in collaboration with the Greek word “relegere” which means to repeat or to read again. Religion is currently defined as an organized system of beliefs and practices revolving around, or leading to, a transcendent spiritual experience. Throughout time, there has yet to be a culture that lacks a religion of some form, whether it is a branch of paganism, a mythological based religion or mono/polytheistic religion. Many religions have been forgotten due to the fact that they were ethnic religions and globalizing religions were fighting to be recognized, annihilating these ancient and ethnic religions. Some of these faiths include: Finnish Paganism, Atenism, Minoan Religion, Mithraism, Manichaeism, Vedism, Zoroastrianism, Asatru, and the Olmec Religion. Religion is an imperative part of our contemporary world but mod...

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  • Defines religion as an organized system of beliefs and practices revolving around, or leading to, a transcendent spiritual experience.
  • Explains finnish paganism, an unnamed religion that was practiced before the christianization. folklore is a vital part in the finnish culture.
  • Explains that ukko, the god of the sky and thunder, shared many traits with the norse god, thor, namely they both had a hammer that was used to dictate lightning.
  • Explains that finnish paganism is said to derive from the ancient hunter’s religion, the shamanistic hunting culture. it ended when the christian church stepped in and missionaries tried to eliminate it.
  • Explains how akhenaten introduced atenism into egypt during the 18th dynasty. he chose aten as the form of sun-god that would be worshipped.
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