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    Query on the origin of religion

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    As human beings, at first, we have no trait or religion. Lord Sree Krishna also provoked to Arjuna in Bhagavadgeetha that according to gunas classification in human beings happened. I am asking the experts in religion that when did this religion start. Throughout the world, where did the religion started. If we go through the history, I am unable to reach the origin of this religion. So I would like to know the root of this religion.
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  • The history of Buddhism spans from the 5th century BCE to the present; which arose in the eastern part of Ancient India, in and around the ancient Kingdom of Magadha and is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama.

    History of Jainism concerns a religion founded in Ancient India. Jains trace their history through twenty-four tirthankara and revere Rishabhanatha as the first tirthankara. The last two tirthankara, the 23rd tirthankara Parshvanatha and the 24th tirthankara Mahaviraare considered historical figure

    History of Hinduism denotes a wide variety of related Hindu denominations native to the Indian Subcontinent, most of whom live in modern-day India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Adherents are also found in the Indonesian island of Bali. Its history overlaps or coincides with the development of Indian religions since Iron Age India. It has thus been called the "oldest living religion" in the world

  • The origin of religion can be traced back the 18th century.
    The first religion is Polytheism. This is mainly believing in many Gods. It is Originated with Hinduism in 2500 BC. This is also a religion of many other cultures like Egypt, Grece, and Rome. All natural events like rain, heat, air etc are in the hands of different Gods.
    The second religion is Parthison. It is originated in a belief that every thing is God and God is every thing. The universe is divine is the belief of this religion.
    The third religion is monotheism. The belief is there is only one God. It originated in the year 2000 BC.This is Based on Judeo-Christian and Muslimism.
    Important Dates and history ( From Literature):
    c. 2000 BC: Time of Abraham, the patriarch of Israel.
    c. 1200 BC: Time of Moses, the Hebrew leader of the Exodus.
    c. 1100 - 500 BC: Hindus compile their holy texts, the Vedas.
    c. 563 - 483 BC: Time of Buddha, founder of Buddhism.
    c. 551 - 479 BC: Time of Confucius, founder of Confucianism.
    c. 200 BC: The Hindu book, Bhagavad Gita, is written.
    c. 2 to 4 BC - 32 AD: Time of Jesus Christ, the Messiah and founder of Christianity.
    c. 32 AD: The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
    c. 40 - 90 AD: The New Testament is written by the followers of Jesus Christ.
    c. 570 - 632 AD: Time of Muhammad, who records the Qur'an as the basis of Islam

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  • If you are interested to know the religion in its primitive form then we will have to go to the time of cavemen who remained confined in their caves during thundering, lightening, rains and other natural things and probably prayed some unknown power to stop the deluge so that they can go out to search their food.

    This was not exactly religion as it did not have sects. With time many human colonies developed in various parts in the world and started some sort of action to please the natural powers in their own way. The time for these tribal activities can be very roughly put somewhere in the range 3000 - 10000 BCE.

    The first written record of region is seen in Mesopotamia and pertains to about the time around 3500 BCE.

    Later distinct sects like Arabs, Jains, Mangols, Chinese, Hindus etc evolved from these tribes and some tribes remained as tribes only due to long time of isolation.

    So basically this was the evolution of human race which created different religions because of differences in living, eating and social customs.

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  • Organized religion is comparatively modern. It was around 50,000 BC we were practicing Shamanism. Civilization and religion are interlinked. The more civilized you are, the more organized your religion and gods become. In the beginning we lived in tribes. So propagation of religion was out of question. So each tribe had their own symbols, Gods, omens and priests. Even today from the African Dogon tribes, Mongolian Horse riders, Bushmen from Namibia and Aborigines from Australia live this way. Shamanism and astrology were deeply connected. So we humans started a religion as soon as we started recording weather and astrological phenomena.
    Then along 5000 BC Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations started making their own Gods and laws.
    Because these were civilizations and not tribes, the religion underwent a great change.
    In following centuries, Hinduism, Greek, Buddhism, Roman and Taoism etc..; were born.
    These religions were endowed with written epics of Gods unlike the oral tradition of Shamanism.
    But there was a monotheistic religion around 1800 BC in Iran which is the oldest Monotheistic religion. Zoroastrianism. It was followed by Jewish, Christians and Muslims later.
    Religion depends on civilization. We started worship by invoking the forces of Mother Nature. Then in civilization, we needed gods of trade,war,fertility, law and education etc..; Then we felt overwhelmed or outnumbered by Gods and selected a particular God to invoke and worship.
    That's the story of God and religion.

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    Origin of Religion - Ancient Foundations
    The origin of religion can generally be traced to the ancient Near East and classified in three basic categories: polytheistic, pantheistic and monotheistic. Atheism is really a modern belief that resulted from the "Enlightenment" period of the 18th century.

    Origin of Religion - Polytheism
    The origin of religion and polytheistic systems: Polytheism (a belief in many gods) is thought to have originated with Hinduism in about 2500 BC. Hindu beliefs were recorded in the Bhagavad Gita, which revealed that many gods were subject to a supreme Brahman god. Polytheism was also the religion of many other ancient cultures, including Assyria, Babylonia, Egypt, Greece and Rome. The ancient polytheistic belief systems viewed gods as being in control of all natural events such as rainfall, harvests and fertility. Generally, polytheistic cultures believed in sacrifices to appease their gods. For instance, the Canaanites sacrificed to the male god, Baal, and his female counterpart, Ashteroth. Baal controlled the rain and the harvest, while Ashteroth controlled fertility and reproduction. The Greeks and Romans developed polytheism to a highly structured pantheon of gods and goddesses.

    Origin of Religion - Pantheism
    The origin of religions and pantheistic systems: Pantheism (a belief that all is God) prevailed in numerous ancient cultures. The belief that the universe itself was divine was typified in the Animism beliefs of the African and American Indian cultures, the later Egyptian religion under the Pharoahs, and Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism in the cultures of the Far East. Pantheistic beliefs are also finding resurgence among various New Age movements. Generally, pantheism is the principle that god is everything, and everything is god. Therefore, nature is also part of god. We must be in harmony with nature. We must nurture it and be nurtured by it. Mankind is no different than any other animal. We must live in harmony with them, understand them, and learn from them, focusing on the relationship between mankind and the elements of nature.

    Origin of Religion - Monotheism
    The origin of religion and monotheistic systems: Monotheism (a belief in one God) is the foundation of the Judeo-christian-muslim line of religions, which began with a man named Abraham in about 2000 BC. From this point in history, God began revealing Himself to the world through the nation of Israel. The Jewish Scriptures record the journey of the Israelites from slaves in Egypt to the "promised land" in Canaan under the leadership of Moses. During a period of about 1500 years, God revealed what became the Old Testament of the Bible, relating the history of Israel with the character and laws of God. During the period of the Roman Empire, Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem as the long-awaited Messiah. The ministry of Jesus ended in about 32 AD with His crucifixion and resurrection. After Christ's ascension into heaven, the Christian church grew in His name and the New Testament was written. About 600 years later, Muhammad began preaching in Mecca. Muhammad believed he was the ultimate prophet of God, and his teachings became the precepts of Islam as recorded in the Qur'an.

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