o Its earliest documents contain many threads- such as shamanism,
appreciation for the hermits life, and fascination with health, long life,
and more. These threads point to a multiplicity of possible sources
Daoists trace themselves back
Hinduism has neither a specific moment of origin nor a specific founder.
It consists of "thousands of different religious groups that have evolved in
India since 1500 BCE."
Most forms of Hinduism are henotheistic religions. They recognize a single
Buddhism is one of the worlds oldest and most significant religions.
Had its beginnings in India
Siddhartha Gautama, also know as Buddha or the Awakened One
Lots of legends have grown up around Buddhas life and its hard to tell fact or
Torii: A Shinto gateway
Shinto has no known person or group as its founder
Shinto retains elements of shamanism, contact with nature sprits, and
The spirits that are worshipped include the spirits of departed family
The common translation of religion is to join again or to reconnect.
Belief system: Several beliefs fit together into a fairly complete and
systematic interpretation of the universe and the human beings in it; this is
also called a worldview
The complex ideals and beliefs that helped give shape to Laozis teachings
also influenced Confucius
The Dao primary interest is the Dao within the human world, manifested in
right relationships and in a harmonious society.
The Doctrine of the Mean, recom
Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism have been collectively called The Three
Spirits: Early Chinese belief thought of spirits as active in every aspect of
nature and the human world. Good spirits brought health, wealth, long life
and bad spirits
Indigenous Religions Chapter 2
In North America, there are several hundred Native American nations and
more than fifty Native American language groups.
Up until the twentieth century many scholars focused on religions that had
produced written texts ands