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    Newbie Thepriestontie's Avatar
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    The oldest religion in Europe?

    I know you guys would that the earliest one dates back to the Ancient Greeks but is there any other evidence of religious ideas that dates back before that time.

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    Re: The oldest religion in Europe?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thepriestontie View Post
    I know you guys would that the earliest one dates back to the Ancient Greeks but is there any other evidence of religious ideas that dates back before that time.
    The earliest known "religions" are those of the ancient Egyptians (circa 3200 bc) and the Sumerians (circa 3000 bc). Because we have inherited the writings of these peoples, their beliefs and traditions formed into religious cultures. However, since the main other legacy they left were great stone works, buildings, monuments, ets, then we can say that Ireland in 4500 bc had a distinct religion, from evidence at Newgrange and Knowth. However, if the stone monuments and circles evidence a religion (they certainly do indicate an Earth-Stars-Sun-Moon centred religion) then we can date these back to 8000 bc in southern Britain (eg. Stonehenge's nearby predecessor), which would probably become the oldest religious zone.
    It was all about the 4 stations of the Sun, the equinoxes and solstices. These four points of the year were marked each by a celebrated deity. Hence there were always 4 creation gods or archetypes.

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    Re: The oldest religion in Europe?

    Quote Originally Posted by KING CUNOBELIN View Post
    The earliest known "religions" are those of the ancient Egyptians (circa 3200 bc) and the Sumerians (circa 3000 bc). Because we have inherited the writings of these peoples, their beliefs and traditions formed into religious cultures. However, since the main other legacy they left were great stone works, buildings, monuments, ets, then we can say that Ireland in 4500 bc had a distinct religion, from evidence at Newgrange and Knowth. However, if the stone monuments and circles evidence a religion (they certainly do indicate an Earth-Stars-Sun-Moon centred religion) then we can date these back to 8000 bc in southern Britain (eg. Stonehenge's nearby predecessor), which would probably become the oldest religious zone.
    It was all about the 4 stations of the Sun, the equinoxes and solstices. These four points of the year were marked each by a celebrated deity. Hence there were always 4 creation gods or archetypes.
    I think the question was about Europe earlist religions, but since we know few stories about the migration of certain Egyptians priests, in Europe who brought their religion with themselves, it qualifies as a correct answer.
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    Re: The oldest religion in Europe?

    Deep in the heart of euro Russia, in the Idel Ural region, live the Mari, formerly known as the Chermis. This Finno Ugric people (who dwell in their own autonomous republic Mari El as well as in Tatarstan and Bashkortostan and some Russian ethnic regions) have maintained an ancient Animist faith through years of Mongol, Tatar, czarist and communist repression. Chi Mari Yula is today one of three state religions in Mari El (Christianity and Islam being the others) . According to the high Kart (priest) Alex Tanygin, who attends official events, this is the oldest religion in Europe, going back 7000 years.

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    Re: The oldest religion in Europe?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dromen View Post
    Deep in the heart of euro Russia, in the Idel Ural region, live the Mari, formerly known as the Chermis. This Finno Ugric people (who dwell in their own autonomous republic Mari El as well as in Tatarstan and Bashkortostan and some Russian ethnic regions) have maintained an ancient Animist faith through years of Mongol, Tatar, czarist and communist repression. Chi Mari Yula is today one of three state religions in Mari El (Christianity and Islam being the others) . According to the high Kart (priest) Alex Tanygin, who attends official events, this is the oldest religion in Europe, going back 7000 years.
    Their eastern side of Urals Mountain is considered the boundary between Europe and Asia and Finno Ugric people are considered Asians, therefore this religion doesn't represent a European one.

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    Re: The oldest religion in Europe?

    Start asking questions like what really constitutes a religion and you will start asking some very tough questions. Great contributions everyone!

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