Ritual to Religion
In class, we analyzed how ancient civilizations converted their ritualistic practices into religions which are still around today. There are many religions that were influenced through rituals, but I will only mention three religions that were developed which will be: Judaism, Buddhism, and Yoruba. We will understand how/if their geographical locations, the events that took place, and the conditions (history) around the time of development affected the transition to religion.
The influence of biblical Jewish history on Judaism
According to “Judaism Religion Facts,” Judaism delineated its history back to the creation of mankind, but the accurate Jewish historical origins begin with Abraham and the Hebrews. Abraham lived in the northern Mesopotamian town of Harran. God ordered him to move to the region of Canaan, which is preliminary similar to modern Israel and Lebanon. There was a time, according to “Judaism Religion Facts,” the Hebrews lived in “Servitude” in Egypt, then moved back to Canaan. The ancient Hebrews’ were “seminomadic herdsman and farmers,” arranged into “tribes” living in Mesopotamia (Judaism Religion Facts, 2004). According to Judaism Religion Facts (2004), “the contributions of nearby cultures include a west Semitic concept of divine messengers, Old Babylonian and Hurro-Semite law, Mesopotamian Cosmogony and primitive history, Canaanite language and mythological literature, and Egyptian hymns and wisdom
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literature.” These cultures believed in “a creator” and “preserver gods” which were a part of “a system of ethic,” and generated Religious rituals (Judaism Religion Facts, 2004). It was deemed that Abraham was the founder of the Jewish religion except he did not discover god, but he was called upon by God.
The Religion of the patriarch was an agreement between Abraham and God. According to “Judaism Religion Facts,” the Religious practice consisted of sacrifice and prayer at...