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What is the worlds oldest religion?

I think its Shamanism, but I’m not sure.

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  1. Probably there was a cave-dweller somewhere back there that worshipped a mountain, or a tree, or a rock, or lightning, or something else that he felt had power to help or harm him. It’s just the way human beings think.

  2. the world oldest belief is Atheism
    rjihlazdjf- that would be Paganism
    are people saying that man believed in god before he didn’t, this makes no sense
    Eric C- so Jesus wasn’t a Jew, learn about your own religion please

  3. Well, clearly Adam and Eve were the first to people to walk the earth, and they believed in the Christian God, since they interacted with him on a daily basis, so Christianity was the first religion. And then all those other stupid religions started popping up and it was downhill from there.

  4. Shamanism is a practice, not a religion, animism is a belief that all things have a spirit, not really a religion. Hinduism is the oldest recorded religion, but they were influenced by the religion of the Aryans, the Persians who invaded them. My favorite answer that no one seems to pay any attention to is the discovery of a 70,000 year old idol of a snake. Archaeologists believe snakes were worshipped because man of that era might have believed snakes to be immortal. When man found the hollow shell of a shed snake skin, he might have mistaken that for a snake being reborn: http://catholicgauze.blogspot.com/2006/12/70000-year-old-snake-god-discovered.html
    There is also evidence of religion in cave paintings, and the burial methods of Neandertal man and homo sapiens of the same era; they were buried with tools, food, sometimes mates or servants, and in fetal positions facing certain directions as if to find their way to an afterlife, suggesting a religion, or a belief in an afterlife. Neandertal man lived about 230,000 years ago.

  5. We actually don’t know what the oldest religion in the world is, but animism seems to be the oldest *known* religion, so most people regard it in this manner.
    It’s also believed that Australian aboriginal beliefs might date back to 60,000 or so years ago.
    Hinduism, also takes the place as one of the oldest organized religion being known to man, since Sanskrit is the oldest written language that we know of to date.
    There were also many Pagan beliefs, that turned up, but Zoroastrianism, is credited with being the first monotheistic belief, with Judaism following it, and then Christianity and Islam coming in later.

    Contrary to popular belief: Judaism is NOT the oldest religion (and I say this as someone who was raised as an Orthodox Jew).

  6. I’d have to go with animism as the earliest form of religion. The idea that plants and animals have souls that can be appealed to with the proper ritual.

  7. Nobody has said it yet,y’all have been reading answers.com I can tell.the oldest religions are Sumerian and Hindu I lean towards Sumerian because it’s actually the bases of the bible and Koran. All major stories of the bible were took from the original Sumerian texts look it up “Gilgamesh” once you do you find out more than enough info on how the bible is a big fake perpetuated by early Jews.and Koran mentions Jesus which puts it around the time of Jesus (2000 yrs ago) and Jesus is based off other gods that came before him look up “mythra”

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