/x/ whats the oldest religion ever created, can you guys give me a description or a summary of the religion?
Depends what you mean by religion. If you mean written books and men in dresses then you'd be missing out tens of thousands of years. It's probably some form of animism, 'primitive' people viewing creation as a collection of gods and supernatural events. Read Joseph Campbell's Masks of God (4 volumes) for this, and how it developed into more modern religions. If that's tl,dr, just read volume 1.
Zoroastrianism is one of the oldest world religions.
In fact, some have dated it as the world’s oldest monotheism, although this supposition is by no means universally accepted. Accurately describing the age of this religion is very difficult, because there is some debate over when the prophet for who it is named, Zarathustra (in Greek, Zoroaster) actually lived. Speculation ranges from 6,000 to 600 B.C.E. What is known, however, is that for a period of approximately 1,000 years, Zoroastrianism was a very prominent religion, certainly the most powerful in the Middle East, perhaps the most powerful in the world. Over this period, which is generally held to have been from 549 B.C.E. to 642 C.E.
However, because both Christianity and Islam were founded after Zoroastrianism, they were both influenced to a much greater degree, and tenets of faith that were originally found in Zoroastrianism were incorporated into Christianity and Islam on a very noticeable level. In fact, many aspects of Christianity and Islam that many people think typify these two religions have their roots in Zoroastrianism.
Too far to go back. The oldest "Religious" beliefs would have been before recording things was even a concept.
However you can probably bet that Sun worship was involved in some way
Ignore Judaism, Sumerian, and Zoroastrianist shills
I think what you mean the oldest meme
Judaism got a solid 6-10,000 years on it
The Jewish Calender never restarted, it's 5776 right now
The oldest religion is the Paleolithic religion.
It's pretty much a mystery except for the following:
1.) Burying the dead
2.) Associating Cows with Motherhood
3.) Associating Bulls with Protectors, Fatherhood
4.) Burying the dead with weapons and jewelry
5.) Disposing of food waste in the same spot
6.) Marking entraces to homes
7.) Drawing animals and hunts
8.) Carving half-human half-animal wooden figures
9.) Carving goddess figures and phallus symbols
10.) Symbols such as suns, spirals and people figures
Neolithic was pretty much the same, but they started to align stones with stars to keep track of time, and therefore seasons.
The Bronze age religion expanded, stars become associated with stories to remind tribes of stories associated with duties and lessons. This lead to elemental ruductionalist methods that later expanded to adapt to local legends.
The early bronze religion is called URRELION by those that study it.
It is also refered to as PROTORELIGION.
I would consider this the oldest understanding of religion that we, in modern culture, can relate to as a communal faith.
I would like to dive deeper into the oldest organized faith, but of course with these kind of things, there's no way of truly knowing. Before cave paintings they could have carved small things into rocks but after thousands of year now those marking could be eroded away. Anything from before this period will forever be a mystery
Let me direct you to the prophet Frank Zappa, who tells of the Great L. Ron Hoover, founder of the Church of Appliantology.
The prophet Zappa tells the tale in his masterful work "Joe's Garage".
or something to do with someone recently dead. I always figured that the earliest proto-religion started out something like this.
"Oh man, Og's dead. We all really liked Og. Hey, I know, let's stuff his body, prop him back up at his chair at dinner and just act like he's here! Maybe it'll bring him back. And if it doesn't, maybe his mind is somewhere else, listening, and will appreciate it!"
"Oh man Og is dead. Thank god that guy was a nightmarish, murderous monster! We...we need to cut his head off, bury him and plant a tree where we put the body to make sure there's absolutely no chance HE EVER COMES BACK!"
>Judaism got a solid 6-10,000 years on it
Bullshit. Their dating of time relates to their mythology, not to its beginning. There was nothing recognizable as "Judaism" before the 5th-6th centuries BCE.
Oldest religion still being practiced is Saivism which comes from Rudraism.
The first religion began when primative peoples encountered fire, and when they were able to ponder where it came from. A good deal of emphasis would soon be put on where the smoke goes.
Fire, or moreso mankinds interaction with it would shape just about every religion I can think of.
wrong. day night cycle would be the first thing any sentient being would notice. day 1 big bright point that moves night dark with little points that move together and a big duller point of light that moves independent of the small points