At some stage, as the wheel of life turned around, man began to feel a deep urge to understand the purpose of his existence, why indeed anything existed at all and the reason for life. He could make conscious changes but lacked the ability to control his destiny. He had to learn to live with the mystery of life. He needed strength to bear life’s sorrows, assurance to balance doubts, protection to survive threats, conviction to face challenges, faith to soothe his conscience and courage to cope with fear and loneliness.
He wanted to understand the causes of earthquakes, floods and the many unusual displays of the powers of nature. As he achieved higher levels of social organisation, defined the functions of men, women and society and grappled with material inventions, he continued to face the dualism of certainty in uncertainty and freedom in unfreedom. Dealing with this conflict gave birth to the first notion of ritual practices and religion.
He first created ‘spirits’ who dwelt in high places like temples or towers. These spirits later became organised into a hierarchy surrounded by stories and myths about their powers and the reasons why they behaved in the way they did. Soon they evolved…