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Which is the oldest religion in the world?

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    Posted: 28 Jun 2018 at 16:49

I think Hinduism is often considered the oldest existing religion still practiced today. While this may be true, it’s important to note that Hinduism does not have any particular founder or a single text, but instead combines several ancient traditions and beliefs. The oldest scripture of Hinduism is the Rig Veda, which is believed to be about 3,500 years old. However, archaeologists have found bull and cow motifs, which are sacred animals in Hinduism, dating back to around 7,000 BCE during a time when an ancient civilization inhabited the area near the Indus River. Today, Hinduism is practiced by millions of people around the world, but primarily in India and the surrounding countries.
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Strands of Hinduism are very old, as are strands of Zoroastrianism, and Judaism.  But, of course, modern Hinduism is not the same as Vedic Hinduism, nor is the ancient Hebrew religion, modern rabbinical Judaism.  Undoubtably, these modern traditions appropriate ancient traditions, Noah appears as Utnapishtim in Babylon, and probably earlier in Sumerian tradition.

I think that humans have _always_ had some kind of religious belief or ritual.  So probably it goes back to early homo sapiens, or they say that Neanderthals took care in burying their dead, and painted with red ochre, so religion in some form may have gone back that far.  But, if so we know next to nothing about it.

Egyptian religion is an extinct one, but one that has much textual and artistic evidence, so we can figure out much about it.  I doubt that it is any earlier than Hindu, but Hinduism has also been rewriting itself for thousands of years.  There are advantages to each one.

There is a Great Courses DVD/CD/download course called Sacred Texts.  It starts out with oldest, and goes from there through the major religions, also treating minor ones like Zoroaster, Sikh, Ba'hai, Shinto, Mayan, Egyptian (and Muslim, Christianity, Buddhism, etc).
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Yes it is true about Neanderthals that believe in some kind of religious practices .

How fascinating it is to take seriously the idea that the deep roots of human meaning-making ritual, and even of religiosity, may go as far back as the time of the Neanderthals.
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I agree. Scientists have unearthed signs of ancient religious practices dated back to the Stone Age.

There is a difference between "the oldest"  and "the oldest remaining" religions.
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"Give me that old time religion! 
If it was good enough for Kali,
although embracing her's a folly,
then by golly,
it is good enough for me.

Give me that old time religion,
If it was good enough for Odin,
although the croaking was forebodden,
until the giants rode in,
Why it is good enough for me!
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