Map of the History of Religion

I made an interesting discovery a few years ago. Not an especially unique discovery, I’ll admit, and rather obvious in hindsight. But here goes.

The Eastern Mediterranean spawned three great religions: Judaism, then Christianity, and then Islam. With Christianity dominant in the US, it’s easy to focus only on this region. But northern India also spawned three great religions: Hinduism (before the tenth century BCE), Jainism (c. ninth century BCE), and Buddhism (c. sixth century BCE).

This short animation shows the spread of these great religions and gives a little perspective. The Judeo-Christian religions have obviously had an enormous impact on history, but they’re not the only ones.

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  • According to the history of ancient India – Buddhism and Jainism emerged from Hinduism since the Buddhist founder was once a king and a Hindu left kingdom in search of peace.

    • Greg G.

      When Alexander the Great opened trade routes between India and the Mediterranean, the religions probably influenced each other. Buddhist art changed dramatically as they adopted Greek style sculpture to meditate on.