Ch 12: Religious Movements & Syncretism

About This Chapter

Enhance your understanding of world religions by reading the text lessons that comprise this chapter. Knowledge of the topics addressed in these lessons can help you prepare for an exam or supplement your reading materials and classroom discussions.

Religious Movements & Syncretism - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter are designed to address various aspects of ancient and contemporary religions. The material covers religious movements dating from before 1000 C.E. up to the modern day. Upon completion of this chapter, you should have the knowledge to do the following:

  • Identify the creation and growth of religious movements before and after 1000 C.E.
  • Explain religious movements in the contemporary world
  • Discuss types and practices of primal religions
  • Analyze mystery cults and the role of the early Mother Goddess
  • Share the history and beliefs of Zoroastrianism
  • Describe the definition, origins, beliefs and types of Jainism

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7 Lessons in Chapter 12: Religious Movements & Syncretism
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Religious Movements & Syncretism After 1000 C.E.

1. Religious Movements & Syncretism After 1000 C.E.

This lesson will define the concept of syncretism in religion. In addition, it will introduce several significant examples of syncretic religions from different parts of the world.

Contemporary Religious Movements

2. Contemporary Religious Movements

In this lesson we will examine some popular contemporary religious sects and movements. We will identify their origins and central tenets and analyze their place in society.

Primal Religions: Types & Practices

3. Primal Religions: Types & Practices

This lesson will explore the many traits of the primal religions of past and present. In doing so, it will highlight animism, totemism and the use of shamans in the primal religions of the world.

Mystery Cults and the Early Mother Goddess

4. Mystery Cults and the Early Mother Goddess

What kind of problems do we encounter when talking about ancient religions? What are the Mother Goddess figures, and where do they pop up throughout history? Watch this lesson to learn about one of the earliest forms of religious worship.

Zoroastrianism: Definition, Beliefs & History

5. Zoroastrianism: Definition, Beliefs & History

Major religions, like Christianity and Islam, have been popular since ancient times, but what religion was popular before these belief systems developed? This lesson explores the beliefs of Zoroastrians, one of the earliest forms of organized religion.

Jainism: Definition, Origin & Founder

6. Jainism: Definition, Origin & Founder

Jainism shares a home with some of the oldest practiced religions in the world, and may predate them all. In this lesson, we'll check out the origins of this ancient system of faith.

Jainism: Facts, Beliefs & Types

7. Jainism: Facts, Beliefs & Types

Want to know more about Jainism, one of the three major religions that developed in India? This lesson introduces the history of the religion, explains what Jains believe about the world and the divine, and looks at Jainism's two major sects and the differences between them.

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