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Grossly simplifying, as usual, there appear to be two historical types of religious structures, and they correspond roughly to hunter-gatherer v agriculture systems.

One is the pre-science attempts to explain natural phenomena (hunter-gatherers) or what might be called folk lore. It's a kind of bottom-up organization of ways of looking at the world. These ways of looking tend to get formalized within the culture.

The other is a top-down imposition where, unable to provide relief for the wretched lives the system imposed on the mass, a life after death is promised: pay now, live later. This scam tends to wrap itself in ever more desperate ritual.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Mon Apr 19th, 2010 at 10:25:01 AM EST

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