Religion plays a major role in culture as it can
influence many aspects of a culture.
Religion is a set of beliefs that involves the nature,
cause, and purpose of the universe.
Monotheism is the belief in a single god or deity.
Polytheism is the belief in multiple gods or deities.
What is Religion?
Circa 223,000-100,000 BCE
Early hominids across Eurasia were believed to have
preformed ceremonial rites after a death. Bodies
were also deliberated disposed in funerary caches.
Circa 40,000 BCE
The first biologically modern human was cremated in
and buried near Lake Mungo.
Ancient History of Religion
Circa 10,000 BCE
The Neolithic Revolution(Agricultural Revolution)
begins and early theocracies begin to emerge.
Circa 8,000 BCE
Stonehenge is constructed for seasonal and religious
Circa 3,750 BCE
The migration of the Proto-Semitic people to the near
east helps to spark the Abrahamic religions.
Ancient History of Religion Cont.
Some modern religions include Christianity, Roman
Catholic, Judaism, Islam, Mormonism, Paganism,
Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, etc.
These religions are a major influence on the cultures
of the nations that follow them, and the surrounding
Religion can be a major factor in how cultures are
Some examples of what religions can influence are a
culture’s food, people, clothing, traditions, customs,
There have been many wars started over religion with
the most major one being the Crusades.
How Religion Affects Culture?
Religion has influenced many cultures over the years
and will continue to influence culture as long as there
is continued belief religion.