Universal Life Church

Religion History

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Throughout history, people have held myriad religious beliefs. Since the beginning of time, tribes, cities, and civilizations have united beneath these belief systems to answer the big questions of the universe: examining everything from natural phenomena - like why the sun rises and sets - to more philosophical questions - like what happens after death.

Some cultures believed in a singular God; Some believed in hundreds. Some believed God(s) walked among us, intervening in our daily lives. Some believed in quieter God(s), who kept their hands clean of mortal follies and foibles.

And as people migrated throughout the world, they invariably carted their customs and beliefs to their new homes along with their belongings. Over time, foreign beliefs mixed with domestic, creating new beliefs. Like living organisms, religious groups grew, split, died, and were born as this intermingling continued, forming the intricate pattern you see below.

This handy chart, created by researchers in cooperation with the Universal Life Church, tracks the development and evolution of these religious systems across time and space. While many of the belief systems you see here are still being practiced today; many more have since passed into myth. Eventually, we believe, all will become one under the guiding beliefs of the Universal Life Church.

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ULC - Religion Chart
Year
Europe
Africa
Middle East
India
East Asia
Arctic
North America
New Guinean / Australia Territories
Central / Mesoamerica
South America
Oceana
100,000 BC

Animism

100,000 BC

40,000 BC

Europe

Polytheism

40,000 BC

San

Animism

40,000 BC

Aboroginal

Dreamtime

40,000 BC

New-Guinea

Animism

40,000 BC

20,000 BC

Proto-Nostratic

15,000 BC

10,000 BC

Berber

Animism

9,000 BC

Yoruba

Animism

9,000 BC

Middle East

Shamanism

12,500 BC

Central Asian

Shamanism

12,500 BC

East / South Asian

Shamanism

10,000 BC

Fosna

Shamanism

8000 BC

Paleo-Indian

Shamanism

12,000 BC

5000 BC

Wuism

Chinese Shamanism

5000 BC

Seidis

Shamanism

6000 BC

4500 BC

Muism

Korean Shamanism

4500 BC

Archaic India

Shamanism

4500 BC

4000 BC

Mesopotamian

Polytheism

4000 BC

3500 BC

Proto-Indo Europe

Polytheism

3500 BC

Indus Valley

Shamanism

3300 BC

3000 BC

Bantu

Animism

3000 BC

Nilotic

Animism

3000 BC

Egyptian

Polytheism

3000 BC

Canaanite

Polytheism

3000 BC

2500 BC

Indo-Iranian

Polytheism

2500 BC

2000 BC

Baltic

Polytheism

2000 BC

Greek

Polytheism

2000 BC

Phoenician

Polytheism

2000 BC

Finnish

Shamanism

2000 BC

Sami

Shamanism

2000 BC

1500 BC

Germanic

Polytheism

1700 BC

Atenism

1348 BC

Vedic (Early Hindu)

Polytheism

1700 BC

Olmec

Shamanism

1500 BC

1000 BC

Greco-Roman

Mystery Cults

750 BC

Ethiopian

Polytheism

900 BC

Zoroastrianism

1100 BC

Judaism

950 BC

Hinduism

1000 BC

Jainism

1000 BC

Anasazi

Shamanism

1200 BC

Mississippian

Shamanism

800 BC

500 BC

Slavic

Polytheism

600 BC

Celtic

Polytheism

500 BC

Hellenism

300 BC

Hellenestic Judaism

300 BC

Buddhism

520 BC

Theravada

Buddhism

250 BC

Shenism

Chinese Folk Religions

500 BC

Taoism

500 BC

Shinto

500 BC

Confucianism

500 BC

Tengrism

300 BC

Mayan

Polytheism

250 BC

0 AD

Hermeticism

Polytheism

100 AD

Mithraism

70 BC

Christianity

33 AD

Mahayanna

Buddhism

100 AD

Hopewell

Shamanism

200 BC

Teotihuacan

Polytheism

100 BC

250 AD

Norse

Polytheism

200 AD

Neo-Platonism

250 AD

Manichaeism

270 AD

500 AD

Islam (Sunni)

620 AD

Vajrayana

Buddhism

600 AD

Bon

Buddhism

600 AD

750 AD

Sufism

850 AD

Islam (Shi’ite)

858 AD

1000 AD

Gnosticism

940 AD

Bogomilism

940 AD

East Orthodox

1054 AD

Catholocism

1054 AD

Iroquois

Shamanism

1000 AD

Inuit

Shamanism

1000 AD

Incan

Polytheism

1100 AD

1250 AD

Theosophy

1200 AD

Catharism

1143 AD

Kabbalah

1270 AD

Aztec

Polytheism

1200 AD

Micronesian

1200 AD

1500 AD

Rosicrucian

1407 AD

African Polytheism

Animism

1550 AD

Sikhism

1500 AD

Protestantism

1517 AD

Pueblo

Shamanism

1450 AD

Plateau Indians

Shamanism

1500 AD

Santeria

1550 AD

Candomblé

1550 AD

1750 AD

Neo Druidism

1772 AD

Asatrú

1870 AD

Reform Judaism

1809 AD

Bahai Faith

1844 AD

Ayyavazhi

1833 AD

Plains Indians

Shamanism

1700 AD

Haitian Voodoo

1800 AD

Hoodoo

1800 AD

Mormonism

1830 AD

Melanesian

Animism

1650 AD

Polynesian

Animism

1650 AD

2000 AD

The Golden Dawn

1887 AD

Rodnovery

1890 AD

Romuva

1890 AD

Thelema

1904 AD

Anthroposophy

1912 AD

Wicca

1954 AD

Scientology

1954 AD

Umbanda

1900 AD

Macumba

1900 AD

Santo Daime

Spiritism

1930 AD