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Geoff Stock When looking at the history of the religions of the prehistoric age there is one event more than any other that changed the face of religion as well as society itself This particular event was the development of agriculture Previous to this religion and society were much different than they are now Before farming people roamed around in small groups called tribes and lived by hunting and gathering Religion had a more significant presence in peoples lives before agriculture Everything from hunting to death had a religious significance For example when an animal was killed during a hunt the hunters often prayed thanking the animal for allowing itself to be killed so that they may eat They also used every bit of the animal to show respect Another aspect of pre-agriculture religion was that there was little distinction between conditioned and unconditioned reality That is to say that everything that happened good or bad was an act of the gods If one looks at a history of the development of these peoples they will find surprisingly that they knew of agriculture long before it became an accepted practice One might ask why these people did not begin farming as early as they could considering all the benefits it has produced The answer lies in the belief that such a practice would be very disrespectful to the gods They believed that only the gods could make food and that they should not try to gain the powers of these gods To do so might mean punishment for these people whom depended on the gods for their survival Soon however many began to plant their own food and so began the shifting of these people from nomadic hunters and gatherers to a more stable permanently settled people Their views on religion also experienced great changes as well The development of farming had an affect on both religion as well as
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