Essay by Danny SampHigh School, 10th gradeA+, November 1995

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Since the dawn of man, people have had their own forms of religion. Be it simple

ceremonial burial or complex blessing rituals, each person had their own way to explain the

wonders of nature like, how did we come here and what our purpose here was. Another thing

that each individual person had was their own morals. Morals are what define a civilization.

Labels like peaceful or barbaric are put on different civilizations because of their morals. The

morality of each civilization defined their religious beliefs.

The lives of people who lived in the early ancient history time period were tough.

They had to roam the land always looking for new game to hunt and plants and berries to

gather. The people weren't united because of all this traveling, and therefore contact with

other people was minimal. Morals are hard to develop without much contact with other people

and so the religion of these early people was minimal.

Then came the development of farming

into this time period. Farming brought the people together. Small cities began to develop

because the people didn't have to move around as much. With all this closeness, the people

developed moral views on what to think about thieves or murderers. If certain civilizations

didn't mind violence and killing, then they developed into a Brutal civilization. Consequently,

the religions of these civilizations were evolved around sacrificial rituals and allegiance to

brutal gods. The Assyrian civilization worked around this principle. They used scare tactics to

overcome their enemies and treated their captives badly. They also believed in powerful gods

who they feared. If certain civilizations became peaceful, then their religion reflected their

peaceful nature and didn't have things like sacrifices. The people in peaceful civilizations

believed in their religion because they wanted to not because they were...