The Origins of Religion
Every myth, Egyptian, Greek, Roman or otherwise, that has ever been told or written, varies in its telling. The basic themes are repeated in many of our myths, but details and even story lines will differ considerably, from village to village and eon to eon. One must understand that the myths have been told and retold, written and rewritten and translated from language to language for 12,000 years. As a society we can relish the differences in the telling of our story and enjoy humanity’s brilliant and artful imagination throughout the ages.
Mythology, Folklore, and Religion
A religion is a set of beliefs and practices, often centered upon specific supernatural and moral claims about reality, the cosmos, human nature, and often codified as prayer, ritual, and religious law. Religion also encompasses ancestral or cultural traditions, writings, history, and mythology, as well as personal faith and mystic experience. The term “religion” refers to both the personal practices related to communal faith and to group rituals and communication stemming from shared conviction.