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History: Ancient Religions



Religion : Religion (from the Latin Religio, meaning 'restraint’, or Relegere, according to Cicero, meaning 'to repeat, to read again’, or, most likely, Religionem, to show respect for what is sacred) is an organized system of beliefs and practices revolving around, or leading to, a transcendent spiritual experience. There is no culture recorded in human history which has not practiced some form of religion.

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animism : Religious belief that all natural objects suc as rocks, trees and animals have spirits

Anthropomorphism : (an throh puh mahr fihss m) is the process of applying human characteristics to a god, an animal, or an inanimate object.

polytheistic religion : People who believe in polytheistic religions believe in more than one god.

monotheistic religions : People who believe in only one god practice monotheistic religions. 

Cultural diffusion is the spread of culture when one society contacts another. 

High Gods

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CYLINDER SEALS: Two motifs dominate seals of this period. The sacred tree with animal(s) and sometimes an individual continues the motif characteristic of many Late Bronze Age seals. A second motif, of a seated individual before a table and being served by an animal or human, parallels other depictions on the ivories from Megiddo and the Ahiram sarcophagus.

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Timeline of religion

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Ancient Religions

A quick cartoon explanation of the possible "human history" based on the informations gathered from all around the world.


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