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The early religions developed from the need to acquire knowledge. Their main purpose was to help the early humans to survive. Thus, their teachings were centered on nature and on the relation between humans and nature.

The beliefs and the religions of the so called "primitive cultures" are still very close to the beliefs of the ancient times. The heritage of the so called Tribal Religions is the most closest link we still have to the early days. These religions are commonly summarized with the expression of Animism and their magical practices as Shamanism.

When the societies started to grow the power to control people became more important than the power to influence nature. Thus, priesthoods emerged and started to take control over knowledge and teachings. Still the belief systems and cultural heritage of the the Ancient Cultures were strongly linked to nature. However, at the end, which means up to our present time, most of the religions became dogmatic denying their mutual basis.

Today there as much different religions, sects or beliefs systems as ever. Nevertheless, since many religions have been expanded over the world (by force or other means) one may group the various belief systems into Major Religions.
However, a List of Religions may provide a more detailed view of the current belief systems.

The most followers belong to the group of the Abrahamic Religions which has a common ancient Semitic tradition, i. e. Christianity, Islam, Judaism, etc.

The second largest group is named Dharmic Religions which derives its name from the concept of Dharma. This term summarizes religions which have been originated or have been influenced from teachings and traditions from India. Wheras, the religious traditions that are native to the Indian subcontinent are summarized as Indian Religions. Here, Hinduism is the most prominent one which even is the third largest group in the world after Christianity and Islam.

The second largest group in the Dharmic Religions is Buddhism which originates from India, too, but is nowadays more related to East Asia. Buddhism is not a dogmatic religion, therefore, many Buddhists practice other traditions as well. The Shamanic Traditions have never been lost in East Asia. The Daoism in China and the Shinto in Japan rely on ancient teachings of the Shamanic origins. All these religious traditions have developed along with Buddhism and can not be viewed separately.

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