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Since the dawn of man people have had their own forms of religion Be it simple ceremonial burial or complex blessing rituals each person had their own way to explain the wonders of nature like how did we come here and what our purpose here was Another thing that each individual person had was their own morals Morals are what define a civilization Labels like peaceful or barbaric are put on different civilizations because of their morals The morality of each civilization defined their religious beliefs The lives of people who lived in the early ancient history time period were tough They had to roam the land always looking for new game to hunt and plants and berries to gather The people werent united because of all this traveling and therefore contact with other people was minimal Morals are hard to develop without much contact with other people and so the religion of these early people was minimal Then came the development of farming into this time period Farming brought the people together Small cities began to develop because the people didnt have to move around as much With all this closeness the people developed moral views on what to think about thieves or murderers If certain civilizations didnt mind violence and killing then they developed into a Brutal civilization Consequently the religions of these civilizations were evolved around sacrificial rituals and allegiance to brutal gods The Assyrian civilization worked around this principle They used scare tactics to overcome their enemies and treated their captives badly They also believed in powerful gods who they feared If certain civilizations became peaceful then their religion reflected their peaceful nature and didnt have things like sacrifices The people in peaceful civilizations believed in their religion because they wanted to not because they were afraid to A good example of this is the Hebrews The Hebrews were a peaceful people who disliked violence Because
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