I pointed this one out to a World Religions teacher several years ago and now he's using it as part of his curriculum.
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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.
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.
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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.
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!
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.
didn't catch the small spotty surge of Scientology around Hollywood CA
Needs the theme to Indiana Jones.
I was rooting for Buddhism.
I was rooting for Manichaeism, but it didn't even get an honorable mention.
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.
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.
And I need to stop making changes to my posts without making sure they fit with the rest of the sentence. :(
Why did they have to make Judaism this nauseating Pepto-Bismol color? :(
I'm disappointed they left out the Greek gods, the Hellenization of Rome and the Roman empire.
No Zoroastrianism, no credibility.
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.
Now Fox News can point to this when they say "We are a Christian Nation!"
Hinduism's like, "come on, man, we just wanna chill"
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