The Ancient Manding,Twa,Anu,Ethiopians and the Dogons believed in the planet,the Sun,Stars and the Universe. They understood the reason they existed alongside of nature during the time of Zep Tepi(The first time). They had thousands of years to develop the mind and understand nature as it was supposed to be.Let’s fast forward 50,000 years after they invented the concept of time, like most people we tend to think these things developed over a very short period of time but in actuality they took hundreds of years. Technology 20,000 years ago was nothing short of Magic! The untrained mind couldn’t comprehend the scale of the development they had been associated with.
The Priest/Priestesses/Vizier’s job was to educate the new recruits, keep the King informed and counseled him on the weather,Sun,Stars and Planets. They also taught and gave advice to the average man,woman and child. The creation story/myth/Maat was created because the average man/woman couldn’t grasp the importance of mystery systems (the teachings of the Osirica) so they created the creation myth, part of the myth was the Coming forth by day, from the Papyrus of Ani, a text of The Egyptian Book of The Dead prepared for the priest Ani of Thebes (c. 1250 BCE) !
This story was designed to give our people a belief system they could used for self,motivation,understanding of life,love,health and to grasp the concept of heaven and hell so-to-speak. The micro and macro of the Universe and how it relates to their life. Everybody was not capable of understanding these teachings, the creation myth helped to bridge the gap for the people who couldn’t and gave them something to believe in and this slowly turned into a belief system that took on the job of spiritual and mental nourishment. It changed over the centuries as did the minds and motivations of Kings,Ankhnaten comes to mind, he wanted to change the whole system of worship and did it for a while but the core belief was not his adopted application so he was disposed of and the people (The followers of Shemsu Hor) reverted back to the old way of worship.
Egyptologist and scholars from the past 2000 years praised Ankhnaten for his thinking against the grain and used him and his efforts to usher in the age of Christianity. They also took 42 of the 247 Negative confessions/ admonitions to Ma’aT and created the 10 Commandments.
This story is obviously longer but i just wanted to give you a summary of the origin of religion as we know it. You can do research all day but you will never hear it like this AND there is NO story that will give you the way to put 2 and 2 together as simple as i just did for you, yes they will make it seem like it was so detailed and thought provoking but this was over a very very long time so it was NOT easy but for me it was very simple.
There has to be a grammer school before high school, Sunday school before the regular service, this was the precursor to religion and the pre-teachings before the Mystery system program could be understood. This system we created has been our enemies greatest weapon against us. Below is a brief description of it’s manifestation in the Roman empire and the path it took to arrive at the point of acceptance.
The humanistic idea that men could become gods had ceased to have any plausibility. Plotinus and his Neoplatonism, the dominant philosophy of the pagan world from the mid-3rd century AD, had given powerful, mystical shape to the Platonic and Stoic conception that the universe is governed by a single force. On the other hand, the greatest religious figure of the century, the Iranian Mani, who had started to preach in Mesopotamia c. 240, dramatically preached the opposing dualistic idea that the world is the creation not only of a good power but of an evil one as well.
Mani’s church, which alarmed Diocletian and for a time attracted the great Christian theologian St. Augustine, absorbed many of the innumerable cults of Gnostics who claimed special knowledge (gnōsis) by illumination and revelation and taught how people can purge the nonspiritual from within themselves and escape their earthly prison. More impressively, the cult of the Persian Mithra blended the dualism of Mani with the emotional initiations of the mystery religions (corrected by a much sterner tone of moral endeavour) and became a strong link between the cult of the Sun (which appealed to contemporary monotheists) and the fashionable revulsion from the senses that was shortly to lead to Christian monasticism. Like Christianity, Mithraism had its sacraments; but the life of Mithra exercised a less far-reaching appeal than the life of Christ, and Mithra’s cult excluded women.
Christianity, unique in its universal charity and unique also in its demand for a noble effort of faith in Jesus’ blend of divinity and humanity, was the religion that prevailed in the Roman world. It satisfied the emperor Constantine’s impulsive need for divine support by a complex and gradual process, it became the official religion of the empire.
He has been modifying it for the past 1000 years to suit his purpose. Christianity had it’s seeds nurtured in the Roman era, they worshiped different religions and gave Christians their start to worship freely after 300 CE, eventually becoming the official religion of the state by 313 CE. This tool he now has is the most effective in his arsenal, he was able to conquer most of Europe and north Africa because of it. He developed the Christian Missionary to lead the secret fight to undermine all empires and religions!
You can say that they were the first spies to work specifically for the government under the guise of religion. He then turned his eyes towards enslaving people to work for the enrichment of his empire, the northern countries of Africa were the most attractive seeing that they hated us anyway, The Middle Ages witnessed the emergence of orders of monks such as the Mercedarians who were founded for the purpose of ransoming Christian slaves. By the end of the Medieval period, enslavement of Christians had been largely abolished throughout Europe although enslavement of non-Christians remained permissible, and had seen a revival in Spain and Portugal.
Although some Catholic clergy, religious orders and Popes owned slaves, and the naval galleys of the Papal States were to use captured Muslim galley slaves, Roman Catholic teaching began to turn more strongly against “unjust” forms of slavery in general, beginning in 1435, prohibiting the enslavement of the recently baptised, culminating in condemnation of the enslavement of indigenous peoples by Pope Paul III in 1537. However, when the Age of Discovery greatly increased the number of slaves owned by Christians, the response of the clergy, under strong political pressures, was confused and ineffective in preventing the establishment of slave societies in the colonies of Catholic countries. Earlier Papal bulls such as Pope Nicholas V‘s 1452 Dum Diversas, or Romanus Pontifex from 1454, permitting the “perpetual servitude” of saracens and pagans in Africa, were used to justify enslavement of natives and the appropriation of their lands during this era. Sungod64
Evolutionary psychology of religion. Cognitive scientists underlined that religions may be explained as a result of the brain architecture that expressed in early Homo genus, through the history of life. However, there is disagreement on the exact mechanisms that drove the evolution of the religious mind.
The emergence of religious behavior by the Neolithic period has been discussed in terms of evolutionary psychology, the origin of language and mythology, cross-cultural comparison of the anthropology of religion, as well as evidence for spirituality or cultic behavior in the Upper Paleolithic, and similarities in great ape behavior.
The evolutionary psychology of religion is the study of religious belief using evolutionary psychology principles. It is one approach to the psychology of religion. As with all other organs and organ functions, the brain‘s functional structure is argued to have a genetic basis, and is therefore subject to the effects of natural selection and evolution. Evolutionary psychologists seek to understand cognitive processes, religion in this case, by understanding the survival and reproductive functions they might serve.
The evolutionary emergence of language in the human species has been a subject of speculation for several centuries. The topic is difficult to study because of the lack of direct evidence. Consequently, scholars wishing to study the origins of language must draw inferences from other kinds of evidence such as the fossil record, archaeological evidence, contemporary language diversity, studies of language acquisition, and comparisons between human language and systems of communication existing among animals (particularly other primates). Many argue that the origins of language probably relate closely to the origins of modern human behavior, but there is little agreement about the implications and directionality of this connection.
This shortage of empirical evidence has led many scholars to regard the entire topic as unsuitable for serious study. In 1866, the Linguistic Society of Paris banned any existing or future debates on the subject, a prohibition which remained influential across much of the western world until late in the twentieth century. Today, there are various hypotheses about how, why, when, and where language might have emerged. Despite this, there is scarcely more agreement today than a hundred years ago, when Charles Darwin‘s theory of evolution by natural selection provoked a rash of armchair speculation on the topic. Since the early 1990s, however, a number of linguists, archaeologists, psychologists, anthropologists, and others have attempted to address with new methods what some consider one of the hardest problems in science
Myth is a folklore genre consisting of narratives that play a fundamental role in society, such as foundational tales. The main characters in myths are usually gods, demigods or supernaturalhumans. Myths are often endorsed by rulers and priests and are closely linked to religion or spirituality. In fact, many societies group their myths, legends and history together, considering myths to be true accounts of their remote past. Creation myths particularly, take place in a primordial age when the world had not achieved its later form. Other myths explain how a society’s customs, institutions and taboos were established and sanctified. There is a complex relationship between recital of myths and enactment of rituals.
Paleolithic religions are a set of spiritual beliefs thought to have appeared during the Paleolithic time period. Religious behaviour is thought[by whom?] to have emerged by the Upper Paleolithic, before 30,000 years ago at the latest, but behavioral patterns such as burial rites that one might characterize as religious — or as ancestral to religious behaviour — reach back into the Middle Paleolithic, as early as 300,000 years ago, coinciding with the first appearance of Homo neanderthalensis and possibly Homo naledi. It is speculated that religious behaviour may combine (for example) ritual, spirituality, mythology and magical thinking or animism — aspects that may have had separate histories of development during the Middle Paleolithic before combining into “religion proper” of behavioral modernity
The existence and nature of emotions in animals are believed to be correlated with those of humans and to have evolved from the same mechanisms. Charles Darwin was one of the first scientists to write about the subject, and his observational (and sometimes anecdotal) approach has since developed into a more robust, hypothesis-driven, scientific approach. Cognitive bias tests and learned helplessness models, have shown feelings of optimism and pessimism in a wide range of species including rats, dogs, cats, rhesus macaques, sheep, chicks, starlings, pigs, and honeybees.
Some behaviourists, such as John B. Watson, claim that stimulus–response models provide a sufficient explanation for animal behaviours that have been described as emotional, and that all behaviour, no matter how complex, can be reduced to a simple stimulus-response association. Watson described that the purpose of psychology was “to predict, given the stimulus, what reaction will take place; or given the reaction, state what the situation or stimulus is that has caused the reaction.
Now….out of everything you just read above(all linked to wiki),this explanation can only serve to confuse you. People have a habit of taking information and using it to serve their purpose, most of the researchers who have contributed to the information here don’t understand the true meaning of it and only want to make YOU think they are smart. They only manage to make themselves look like they know nothing of human nature, they only understand text and pictures with no knowledge of why and the reason the picture or text/writings where done or exist. Do yourself a favor and read books that don’t try to influence you, believe nothing other than the truth. SG64