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anthropomorphic (adj) treating gods, objects, animals as having human qualities and behavior.

Religions of ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome were anthropomorphic. The people of these religions believed that gods, animals, and objects behaved like human beings. Ancient Greek and Roman mythologies are full of examples of gods having human form, behaving as well, and at times, as badly as human beings. Same is the case with Hinduism, the majority religion in India. So in all these religions anthropomorphic forms are common.

  • Anthropomorphic religions, beliefs, etc., might sound illogical and irrational, but they are at the same time an interesting subject for study.
  • The advent of Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam saw the gradual decline of anthropomorphic religions in Europe, and in parts of Africa and Asia.
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