The Earliest Religion

Judaism

  • Moses led his people out of bondage. God made a contract with them he promised to protect them. As long as they followed the Torah
  • Monotheistic
  • Moses, God, Abraham and Egyptians
  • Tora
  • You go to god if you are good and go down below if you turn from evil you go to God's mercy
  • The Ten Commandments
  • The Western Wall, and the Menorah

Hinduism

Roots

  • began in India

Monotheistic/Polytheistic?
  • Polytheistic

Founder/Early Leaders/Major Players

  • Believed in a force called Brahman
  • origins in the religious beliefs of the Aryan people that settled in India
  • religious beliefs of the Aryan people comes from the Vedas
  • developed the practice of yoga a method of training designed to lead to such union
  • was the duty of atman to seek to know this ultimate reality
  • Brahman the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver, and Shiva the Destroyer
Holy Text/s
  • Palmists
  • Vedas

Ideas about the afterlife


  • reincarnation
  • karma

Moral Code

  • dharma
Holy Locations & Places of Worship

  • Hindu temple

Buddhism

Roots

  • Siddhartha Gautama came from a small kingdom in the foothills. Son of a ruling family. Had everything became aware of pain, illness, and the sorrow of death. Spent the rest of his life preaching.
  • Monotheistic
  • Siddhartha Gautama
  • Karma
  • Reincarnation
  • The EightFold Path
  • Bodhi Tree, and Kamakura

Confucianism & Daoism

  • Formed in China ~550 B.C.
  • Teaching of Laozi Follow the "way" or path
  • the world
  • crazie time in China including war, mass executions, and increased warfare
  • Monotheistic
  • The five Constant