Picture of animism with Nature
Animism is the belief in spirits and nature. Forms of Animism can be found in other cultures such as Buddhism. There is no holy book for Animism or a person that created it. Elements Animism uses is mostly nature. The impact on the culture is they have great respect for nature and living things.
The dark blue on the map shows where Animism is practiced.
Shintoism is found in Japan. There is no actual founder of Shintoism. They have no Holy Book. Their main belief is believing in spirits or "Kami."
The impact on culture is to have great respect for your elders.
Hinduism started in India and stayed in India. Their Holy Book is called the Vedas. There is no founder of Hinduism. They believe in Reincarnation. Their impact on culture is to have a good life and respect nature.
Buddhism started in India but didn't become as popular as Hinduism so they left India. There are no related people or a Holy Book. They believe that the path to happiness is to end your suffering and desires. Their impact on culture is to learn to accept what life brings you.
Taoism is in China. Their Holy Book is called the Tao Te Ching. A man named Laozi founded Taoism. People that believe in Taoism are supposed to follow "The Way" of nature. Basically it means to accept things that you can't change. Their impact on the culture is to accept things as they come and don't challenge the natural way of things.
Confucianism is in China and their Holy Book is called the Analects. A many named Confucius founded Confucianism. He believed and had people follow that everyone needs to accept their role in society. People that believe in Confucianism have a great respect for their elders, parents and their country.
Judaism's place of origin is in the Middle East and their Holy Book is the Torah. Judaism came from the Hebrew religion. They believe that there is one God and that God will send a Messiah someday to cleanse their sins.
Christianity's place of origin is in the Middle East and their Holy Book is the Bible. Christianity started after the death of Jesus Christ. They believe in God and that Jesus is the sun of God. Their affect on culture is that you should try and lead a good life and follow God's laws.
Islam's place of origin is in the Middle East and their Holy Book is the Quran. They believe in one God and they believe in Allah and that Mohammed is his prophet. Mohammed is the founder of Islam. Their affect on culture is that their religion is so strict that it becomes the political laws that they have to follow for the Nation.