General Article What is the oldest religion in the world?

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It is incredibly hard to pinpoint the founding date of any religion. However, it is generally believed that Hinduism is one of the world’s oldest religions.

Most religions claim their teachings have existed since the beginning of the world or the dawn of human civilisation. Several major religions of the world like Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism are linked to a prominent spiritual leader or prophet who laid the framework of the faith. The origins of such religions are usually traced to the lifetime of these prophets. Others appear to have risen out of an amalgamation of spiritual beliefs and ritualistic practices of a section of people which have been promoted by one or more spiritual leaders. Most traditional religions have such an origin. 

Creating a list of the world’s oldest religions is not an easy task. The religious experience of humans predates written history. Much of the knowledge of pre-historic religions have been derived from suppositions, archaeological records, and...

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