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15 09, 2017

Monotheism and polytheism – West Asian religion

By |2019-09-04T06:00:37-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

The Mesopotamian goddess Ishtar or Inanna What is polytheism? The earliest people in West Asia were all polytheistic: they all worshipped many gods. From 3000 BC to 539 BC, the Sumerians, the Akkadians, the Assyrians and the Babylonians all worshipped pretty much the same set of gods, despite their cultural differences. The most important of these gods was Ea. Ishtar was the most important [...]

10 09, 2017

Central and South American religion

By |2019-03-08T21:30:13-07:00September 10th, 2017|Central America, Religion, South America|0 Comments

Maya Corn King on a plate Polytheism in the Americas The people who lived in South and Central America before 1500 were polytheistic - they believed in many different gods. Because they lived pretty near one another, and ate many of the same foods, some of their gods were pretty much the same. What is [...]

23 08, 2017

History of religion – sacrifice, holidays

By |2018-04-21T12:09:37-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion|0 Comments

Building at Gobekli Tepe (ca. 9000 BC) People have started a lot of different religions. Some of them are still practiced today; others are not. It is hard even to know what religion is. But let's say religion is any tendency to change your own behavior in accordance with supernatural forces. Most people [...]

14 08, 2017

American religion – history of religion

By |2018-04-09T23:07:32-07:00August 14th, 2017|Native American, North America, Religion|0 Comments

Rock Art from Utah, about 1700 AD In 1500 AD, there were many different religious faiths across North America. Each group of people worshipped their own gods. All of these faiths did have some things in common though. All of them were polytheistic. (They worshipped many gods.) And all of them thought some of their gods [...]

27 07, 2017

Early Japanese religion

By |2019-10-13T09:32:30-07:00July 27th, 2017|Japan, Religion|0 Comments

Early Japanese religion: Ujigami Shinto Shrine (Japan, 1300s AD) Where did the Shinto faith come from? The earliest people in Japan probably brought with them ancient religious ideas from Africa. They used red ochre to bury dead people, for example. By the time Japanese writers wrote books describing their religion in the 700s [...]

25 07, 2017

Mohammed the Prophet – Early Islamic history

By |2018-04-23T15:29:55-07:00July 25th, 2017|History|3 Comments

Mohammed praying at the Ka'aba(in an Ottoman book from 1388 AD) Mohammed was born in the Arab trading and pilgrimage city of Mecca, in the Arabian peninsula, between 570 and 580 AD. His parents were part of a family of traders. They were not among the ruling families of Mecca, but they were certainly not poor either. Mohammed himself however grew up poor, [...]

21 07, 2017

Indian religion – Ancient India

By |2019-09-14T08:10:19-07:00July 21st, 2017|India|6 Comments

Indian religion: Lights of a Diwali celebration What are the main Indian religions? Three major world religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam - have been important in India. Hinduism started in India in the Stone Age. What is Hinduism? When did Buddhism start? When did Islam reach India? All our India articles Buddhism started in India and spread [...]

21 07, 2017

What is Hinduism? A religion of India

By |2019-09-18T07:44:50-07:00July 21st, 2017|India|2 Comments

Hinduism: Arjuna fighting Karna, with Krishna as his charioteer (Duttapara Temple, ca. 1500s AD) What does "Hindu" mean? The word Hindu comes from the river Indus. So it just means the people who live near the Indus river (actually in modern Pakistan). Indian environment Religions of India All our India articles Harappans and Hinduism [...]

29 06, 2017

Who were the Norse gods?

By |2017-06-29T02:10:43-07:00June 29th, 2017|Northern Europe, Religion|0 Comments

A Viking religious sacrifice (ca. 900 AD, Sweden) From their first appearance in historical literature around 100 BC, the Germans were polytheistic. They believed in many gods, just like the Greeks and the Romans and the Persians and the Indians and other Indo-European people. In fact, the most important German gods are closely [...]

7 06, 2017

Chinese Gods – Mythology – Chinese religion – Ancient China

By |2019-09-05T06:47:50-07:00June 7th, 2017|China|30 Comments

Chinese gods: A Song Dynasty statue of Guanyin (ca. 1100s AD) When did Chinese religion start? People prayed to many different gods in ancient China. Some of these gods have been worshipped since the Shang Dynasty (about 2000 BC). Some have probably been around even longer, since the Stone Age. Other Chinese gods [...]