Religion And Its Impact On The Civilization Essay

1425 Words Jan 20th, 2015 6 Pages
Religion is the earliest, if not only factor to completely differentiate man from beast. While there are other factors that many claim achieve the same separation none are as ancient and relevant as religion. Humans buried their dead before the neolithic revolution and the rise of civilization. The idea of supernatural forces is built into our brains. And today, even on this late date of 2014, religion is still a huge factor when it comes to our minds and our culture. Western culture is what currently dominates an ever globalizing world, and two of the Abrahamic faiths, Judaism and Christianity, are the basis for Western thought. However the ideas taken from the beliefs of Ancient Jews and Christians, which have had a profound effect on the minds and cultures of hundreds of generations of westerners, can be traced to a more ancient, more Eastern and even more important religion in the formation of the Western mindset and culture: Zoroastrianism. Zoroastrianism originated in Iran between the 18th and 6th century B.C with the creation of Zoroastrianism 's most sacred text by the prophet Zoroaster, a series of seventeen hymns known as the Old Avestan Gathas. For over 1,000 years, from 600 B.C to 650 A.D, Zoroastrianism was the most powerful religion in the world as the state religion of the mighty Persian Empire. Once the Persian Empire was conquered by Arab invaders the religion began a long decline into oblivion. Today, according to the New York Times, the Zoroastrian…

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