indigenous religions


Indigenous religions, sometimes also called folk religions, tribal religions, or traditional religions, are faiths that developed among the native inhabitants of a particular geographical place. Indigenous religions are the oldest faiths of mankind. While some are virtually extinct in their original form (such as ancient Greek and Egyptian religions) many (such as Shinto, and Hinduism) are still thriving today.


  1. indigenous religions.” The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus. "General term for the belief systems of thousands of small-scale societies who have distinct languages, kinship systems, mythologies, ancestral memories, and homelands, but whose religious and spiritual beliefs fall outside the realm of world religions such as Buddhism or Christianity. Central to indigenous religious traditions is an awareness of the integral and whole relationship of symbolic and material life, often incorporating ritual practices and cosmological ideas."

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Title indigenous religions
Last UpdatedJanuary 28, 2021
MLA Citation “indigenous religions.” 28 Jan. 2021. Web. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022. <>