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A story from a funeral.

#11RetrotasticPosted 9/4/2011 2:26:36 AM
NsM Comatosis posted...
Define "organized religion." Were people in various Native American tribes free to not perform the rain dance if they thought it was a bunch of nonsense? Or are you saying there was no organized religion simply because there wasn't a single, unified doctrine that all the tribes followed?


They had shamans, witch doctors, a lot of dancing around and chanting various different oral creation myths about how the world came into being and so on. But there wasn't an organised clergy, no religious structures (save from the odd totem pole) no holy books and no official doctrine. All of that started to emerge around the time of the ancient Babylonians and Egyptians.