What Are Primal Religions?

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A primal religion is a religion practiced by an indigenous people or culture. Primal religions generally do not depend on moral codes written in books or scriptures but pass down verbal knowledge from generation to generation through stories and song or dance and specific rites of passage. Primal people generally live in harmony with the world around them and hold each form of life in deep regard.

Many primal religions are Earth based, meaning that a belief that the divine is everywhere and dwells in everything is at the heart of the religion. Trees and animals, bodies of water, and even rocks and mountains are thought of as having spirits or being deities. Primal religions are generally based on an understanding of the world that is limited to a culture's specific geographic location. While complex education may be lacking, primal religions are likely the basis of many of the world's religions.

The majority of primal religions hold the belief that life and death are connected very closely. The belief in spirits and the honoring of ancestors is very powerful and holds meaning. Often, death is celebrated as a natural and wonderful part of life rather than mourned as in Western culture.