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Why did many major religions originated on desert counties?

With the exception perhaps of Taoism, many religions originated in the Middle East, why is this?
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  1. coz that is where God fed and watered.
    This is what the LORD says: “The people who survive the sword will find favor in the desert; I will come to give rest to Israel.” Jeremiah 31/2
    the world went from a paradise to a wasteland… and God became the remedy… salvation imposed on death’s kingdom.

  2. Hinduism began in the Indus Valley, not a desert.
    Buddhism is an offshoot of Hinduism which began in Bangladesh/Nepal (depending on whom you ask), both mountainous regions.
    “Christianity” (as we really know it today) really took hold first in the northern Roman Empire, not Judaea.
    Of the “major” world religions, it’s really only Judaism and Islam which began in the desert.

  3. Most populated area and convergence point of many different peoples, so ideas were able to be more freely traded, while in other places people were mainly similar and didn’t have much cultural exchange to make new ideas

  4. The Silk Road was a huge spreader and developer of religion in Medieval Middle East, in Islam especially. Muhammad was actually a trader on the Silk Road, and became enlightened along the way. The traveling between Europe and Middle Eastern/Asian countries spread the ideas as information was passed along and villages sprung up.

  5. I think people in power were just really impressed with how the Jewish religion controlled people, so they wanted in on the action.

  6. it wasn’t a desert when religions started there
    but they used “the word of god” to justify dominion over everything, and wasted the productivity of the land, irrigated until the nutrients leached out, and cleared away all the natural habitats and diversity

  7. There were religions everywhere, its just that certain religions went on a campaign to essentially say ‘My God is better than your God’ and then punished people who didn’t convert. Not to mention tactics like deciding that the devil (whose appearance is described NOWHERE in the bible or torah) looks mysteriously like Herne and Cernunnos and the rest of the variations of the horned god archetype.

  8. When the new world started with Noah and his children, Genesis 9 says that Noah made the following prophecy after an unfortunate and controversial event.
    25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
    26 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
    27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
    Shem was the son who found favour with God. The middle eastern people are the descendants of Shem. Japheth is considered to be the ancestor of the Europeans and such races. Anyway, this prophecy is realised when you say that the major religions have middle eastern roots. They are descendants of Shem.
    Edit: Canaan who is being cursed here is the son of Ham, the son who fell out of favour. It is difficult to make sense of what really happened and who was to blame.

  9. “With the exception perhaps of Taoism, many religions originated in the Middle East, why is this?”
    Only the Abrahamic religions & a couple other monotheistic religions originated in the Middle East.
    All the other religions originated in Asia & India.


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