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« Reply #45: April 04, 2007, 01:54:06 am »

A number of religions had a moon god (male), the Kemetic religion (ancient Egypt) for one.

Slavic religions as well.
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« Reply #46: April 04, 2007, 07:10:35 am »

My question is, what is the oldest known Pagan religion?  And would Paganism be the oldest known religions in general?

I don't have the book handy but Voices of the First Day: Awakening in the Aboriginal Dreamtime (very cool book, by the way) refers to a theory/supposition that the Dreamtime beliefs of the Australian aboriginies has remained essentially unchanged for 30-40,000 years.

That should put them among the oldest in terms of how far back and for (among the) longest run.
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« Reply #47: April 04, 2007, 06:59:48 pm »

According to my understanding, there is no deity(s)
among the Aborigines. Middle Eastern derived religions
all have a Diety or a pantheon of divided labour.

Divinities are worshipped, they are not simply
appeased. 

The connectedness of Middle Eastern derived relgions..
from Egypt to Iran...has as a common thread this
acceptance of Deity (ies) their worship, and the
ability to ask for something.

The differences between them become very small
when compared to Australian and African approaches
to religion, which sees through totally different eyes.
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« Reply #48: April 04, 2007, 08:20:11 pm »

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The differences between them become very small
when compared to Australian and African approaches
to religion, which sees through totally different eyes.

When compared with oranges, the differences between apples and pears are, at least superficially, very small too.  That doesn't mean that they're going to, for example, taste the same, or be interchangeable in recipes.  Just because two things are similar when compared to other things that share a very general heading with them doesn't mean that they aren't entirely different things, or that there aren't significant differences when they are compared with each other.
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