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Desc:Spoiler: Christianity bleeds across the map at the end.
Category:Educational, Religious
Tags:religion, cartography, animated map, crusades
Submitted:MaulLove
Date:11/09/09
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Comment count is 26
splatterbabble
I pointed this one out to a World Religions teacher several years ago and now he's using it as part of his curriculum.
James Woods
Awesome idea map! One idea front meats another idea front and you get a storm of conflicting ideas. boom crash! In come the winds of change to fill the vacuum.

I'd like to see atheism illustrated on that map. That would be interesting.
phalsebob
I would argue that there never was a vacuum, and that these fronts are not idea fronts so much as power front. Oh, well, maybe 10% idea.

James Woods
I've giving it more thought and I agree with you about their not being a vacuum. It's more like waves crashing on a pond or something, with all the little gods, tribes and cults being tossed around like grains of sand rising up and sinking back into the abyss. I suppose language could be the pebble thrown into the pond that stirred things up to begin with.

Power and ideas are one in the same, I think. Religions spreading are just memes and the brutishly selfish find ways to harness those memes and make it work for them. Like damning a stream to take it's energy.

James Woods
damming^^ fuck

James Woods
meets^ :(
THA SUGAH RAIN
Jewish diaspora.
James Woods
They're just everywhere. Just put some pink speckling on all the other colored parts spreading from the birth of Abraham until it gets to 1939 or so, then it disappears in the middle of Europe for a bit before happily bouncing back.

James Woods
Believer says: Huh, so according to this map, God didn't speak to man for a thousand years after kicking Adam and Eve out of the garden. He just left mankind alone in the wilderness without direction for disobeying him. God is great!

Hooper_X
It'd look mostly like someone took a shotgun to Europe up until 1900 or so, at which point the splotches move to the northeastern US and then disappear from Europe entirely.

chumbucket
didn't catch the small spotty surge of Scientology around Hollywood CA
Sick Man
I WONDER WHY

memedumpster
Needs the theme to Indiana Jones.

I was rooting for Buddhism.
baleen
I was rooting for Manichaeism, but it didn't even get an honorable mention.

James Woods
History's not over yet!

Transhumanism FTW?

memedumpster
According to Wikipedia "Manichaeism thrived between the third and seventh centuries, and at its height was one of the most widespread religions in the world." Being Wikipedia, this could mean that it was just that, or was some made of Lord of the Rings thing, again.

Either way, it should have been mentioned, along with Jedi.

Smellvin
Tengriism held a huge chunk of Asia and Europe for centuries and was probably held the most territory for most of its existence. I'm sure it'll make a fighting comeback in the Second Mongol Khaganate.

Smellvin
And I need to stop making changes to my posts without making sure they fit with the rest of the sentence. :(

Desidiosus
Why did they have to make Judaism this nauseating Pepto-Bismol color? :(
MrBuddy
I'm disappointed they left out the Greek gods, the Hellenization of Rome and the Roman empire.
fluffy
Also they missed a whole bunch of other currently-existing religions such as Shinto, as well as how many (e.g. Jack Chick) feel that Catholicism isn't the same thing as Christianity, and so on.

godot
No Zoroastrianism, no credibility.
The Mothership
Too right.

Hooper_X
Yeah, if they focused on minor world religions and defunct major religions, this would be even cooler. It'd also be interesting to see the split between Catholicism and Protestantism. A big purple splotch in Utah for the LDS.
citrusmirakel
Now Fox News can point to this when they say "We are a Christian Nation!"
Chalkdust
Hinduism's like, "come on, man, we just wanna chill"
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