Indigenous Religions : Indigenous People With Nature And Their Respect For It

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Indigenous religions are those that are not mobile, came into being in certain areas and have not expanded beyond that area. These were more tribal based, with mostly oral histories of their religion. Animism was a very strong belief in many indigenous religions. Animism symbolizes the closeness that indigenous people had with nature and their respect for it. Respecting their surroundings was a path to sustainable survival for many of these people, they depended greatly on it. Animism capturers my imagination, because in today’s world, there is very little connection to nature and I feel modern society suffers for that loss. Another aspect of Indigenous religions that I learned of is magic. I had known that indigenous people performed dances and rituals, but I had never thought of it in the terms of magic. Imitative magic makes a lot of sense to both the indigenous people and to me today. By preparing myself or rehearsing how I would like something to go could be considered imitative magic, I have practiced imitative magic, successfully affecting the outcome by doing it on a smaller scale in preparation. I like thinking of it that way.
Hinduism appeared to be the most intimidating religion to understand at first, and it still can be. I was overwhelmed with the multiple pathways available to a Hindu in their religious pursuits. I know why it is considered one of the more complex religions in the world. One element I found to be most surprising was the caste system. I had…

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