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Is religion simply the biggest tradition of them all?

Hello my fellow TEDizens! If there's one thing us humans love , we love our traditions whatever they may be. We even celebrate the day we were born every year till the day we pass, not to mention the numerous holidays we perpetuate and I am right there with you. I truly enjoy those times and look forward to them but could religion be nothing more than a tradition that has lasted this long. Just like different cultures have different versions of seemingly similar occasions thus we have different religions for different cultures. Your thoughts?


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  • Da Way

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    Oct 28 2013: If you do think of religion as a tradition, to answer your question 'is it the biggest?' is hard to answer. If you define it as 'the oldest', I think many practices like you've mentioned, birthdays, funerals, etc. would have preceeded religions. If you define 'biggest' as 'most widely practiced'..... well, i think birthdays and funerals prob still trump religions. If the question is 'is religion the biggest collection of traditions' then maybe.

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