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Ancient civilization worship culture.

Im watching Nat Geo about "Pyramids of Fire" and its about pyramids in the Americas. The pyramids were built to honor their gods and trade labor for protection (according to the program). In the start of the program it showed pyramids in Egypt, China, and somewhere else.

So Im wondering......what gave cicilizations ANY inclination that there were "gods" and that they need to have some worship to them? Or the sun? Or sacrificing? Is it simple human nature to want to worship something? What do you think? Thanks.

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3gigglemonsters

Asked by 3gigglemonsters at 12:37 PM on Mar. 24, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Simply things they couldn't explain. Droughts, lightining, volcanoes, etc. It's not necessarily human nature to worship gods but human nature to try to explain or question what they don't understand. God just happens to be the simplest explanation that erradicates questioning. Why does the volcano explode "The gods are angry". Next step is to appease them.
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 12:41 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • The need to know "Why?". Excellent Kristi. Thanks.
    3gigglemonsters

    Answer by 3gigglemonsters at 12:45 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • It always comes down to the "Why" question. "Why" do bad things happen, "Why" are we here, "Why" isn't life fair? Out of all the questions (Who, what, when, where, how, which) WHY, is the one we get hung up on the most.
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 12:47 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • It is part of our natural instinct to try to determine cause and effect, always asking Why? so we can learn and try to influence our surrounding environment. Ancient civilizations was plagued with disasters, from floods to droughts, plagues and disease, and earthquakes/volcanoes. They had little or no knowledge of the actual causes.

    It's easy to see how the Sun for example would be seen as a god since it provides heat, seasons, light, and drought. In order to appease their gods in hopes of surviving, they worshipped and sacrificed in hopes of earning favor.
    anng.atlanta

    Answer by anng.atlanta at 12:48 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • Why the need to a invent a diety? Something greater than themselves? Ya know?

    I can see how the sun was worshipped now. It was high, unreachable, and uncontrollable by people. Yep.
    3gigglemonsters

    Answer by 3gigglemonsters at 12:56 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • No but it is simple human nature to want to explain every thing and government nature to want it's people obedient. Both can be achieved through religion. You can have explanations for things even if they are illogical. You can force your people to follow out of fear of what may happen if they don't.
    hot-mama86

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 1:03 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • Both can be achieved through religion. You can have explanations for things even if they are illogical.
    ~
    I like that. THanks.
    3gigglemonsters

    Answer by 3gigglemonsters at 1:39 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • Well, primitive man wasn't very understanding of the science of the world around him. So, he came up with the only explanations he could.

    Also, nearly every ancient civilization talks about people coming from the sky...aliens.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:16 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • "......people coming from the sky....aliens."
    ~
    Or angels? : )
    3gigglemonsters

    Answer by 3gigglemonsters at 4:57 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • Angels are one of the examples I'm speaking of, yes.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:59 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

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