Top 10 Oldest (Ancient) Religions of the World

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Religion is the right path that leads the humans to the eventual destination. The human life would have no meaning without the religions. If the man knows the God only then he will be able to know himself. That is why the religions are of great significance no matter what religion.

Following is the list of the top 10 oldest religions on the world that are present and are successful in ruling the world.

Top 10 Oldest Religions of the World

List of Top 10 Most Ancient Religion of the World

10. Islam: Islam is the one of the oldest religion of the world that was brought by the Holy Prophet PBUH. It is the monotheistic religion in which the Muslims believe of the oneness of Allah Almighty and the Prophet Hood. Islam is the second major religion of the world with almost 1.5 billion followers called Muslims. The origin of the Islam was started in the 622 AD and it was spread to the whole world within a short period of time.

9. Christianity: standing next on our list is the religion called Christianity that was started in the 300 AD before the advent of Islam. It is also a monotheistic religion that was based on the teaching of the Jesus Christ. Christianity is world’s major religion with around 2.1 billion followers. The Christians believe the Jesus Christ to be the son of Allah Almighty and reserves the Holy book called Bible or New Testament.

8. Taoism: Taoism is the one of the oldest religion that arrives before the arrival of Christianity. It was actually a tradition of Chinese origin that gives the lesson of living in peace and harmony. However Taoism can also be found in the other religions and was started in the 4 to 3rd century BC.

7. Jainism: the other oldest religion of the world is the Jainism or usually called Jain Dharma and it belongs to the Indian religions. The religion teaches to be the non-violent, non- stealing, non- absolute and non- possessive. It is a philosophy of eternity that spread all across the India from the very first day of its origin, 450 BC.

6. Confucianism: it is next on our list because it is the one of the oldest religion that describes the ethical and sociopolitical teachings and is spread in the countries like China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Vietnam and Singapore. The advent of this religion started in the 500 BC.

5. Shinto: it is the ethical religion that is followed in the Japan. The religion focus on the ethical values of the people of the Japan there are several types of Shinto that is practiced all over the Japan and it is the largest religion of Japan. The origin of this religion was recorded in the 8th century and is till famous.

4. Buddhism: it is another oldest and the famous religion of the world that consist of the various traditions and practices that are based on the teachings of the Gautama Buddha. The religion was started in the 6th and 4th BC that awakened the regions of China, Thailand, Japan, Korea and India with the estimated followers of 488 million throughout the world.

3. Zoroastrianism: next on our list is the religion that is among the oldest religions of the world. The religion offers the cosmogonic dualism and monotheism in the regions like Iran and India with the 2.6 million followers. The religion started in the 1000 BCE and the basic beliefs of this religion are the Good thoughts, good words and the good deeds.

2. Judaism: the Judaism is the one of the oldest religion that teaches way of life. The Jewish people follow the religion of Judaism that contains the philosophy of culture and the philosophy of monotheism. Torah is the evidence and the foundational text of the Judaism. The origin of this religion was 2000 BCE.

1. Hinduism: this religion is the oldest religion of since the evolution of human beings on Earth that was originate in 4000 to 2500 BCE. It is the dominant religion that is followed mostly in the regions of South Asia like India and Nepal. The Hinduism revolves around the family of the Gods who gave the teachings of cosmology, pilgrimage of the sacred sites and shared textual resources.

80 thoughts on “Top 10 Oldest (Ancient) Religions of the World”

  1. May be other religion order is up or down but the truth is Hinduism is the worlds first religion and I proud to be Hindu.

        1. Santosh their is no order of humanity as it comes within us and their is no relevancy between Humanity & Religion so don’t mix it

          1. Hinduism is the oldest religion….in fact it is not a religion but sanatana dharma….. it dates back to unknown periods…even ramasetu is dated back to 10 billiony eras by nasa….

          2. Why do you cowardly attack innocent people and severely beat humble people who mean you no harm. Because they are not Hindu. Don’t we have enough of that with the false Islam. Where is your humanity?

        2. Religion is simply a belife, and a belife is a story told often which then becomes a belife. We may want to stop following someone else’s story, and take a look at our own feelings within. Be kind to others, see the god within everything, honor the love and goodness in each other. I think we are all meant to be happy. Not to be unhappy and judge anyone or anything. Be happy, be love, be god.

      1. I never go on a mid way ..like you all people do. Either i will go with oldest one or i will believe in newest i.e Atheism based on logic and scientific proof which are proved by science .

    1. first of all we are humans. and the God(ALLAH) is only one and Great. the religion is depending on there times.step by step God(ALLAH) send his Prophets to the people of that time….. the first human was Adam and his Wife Bibi Havaah they are following only God(ALLAH) then humanity was started…. the meaning of ISLAM is humanity.. first you have to be a very good human then you called your self Muslim ….. ISLAM is the way of God(ALLAH) that he showed as in different time and type of religion……but There is no statue no idols no posture no pictures of God(ALLAH)

    1. first of all we are humans. and the God (ALLAH) is only one and great. the religion is depending on there times.step by step God (ALLAH) send his Prophets to the people of that time….. the first human was Adam and his Wife Bibi Havaah they are following only God (ALLAH) then humanity was started…. the meaning of ISLAM is humanity.. first you have to be a very good human then you called your self Muslim ….. ISLAM is the way of God (ALLAH) that he showed as in different time and type of religion

        1. Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, is only a theory and cannot or has not ever been proven in fact it has been debunked.

        1. According me in Hinduism only one is God and he has no any shape . Yea that is sound of the vibration of the universe. That called as ommm

  2. Correction: Hinduism is the oldest STILL SURVIVING, MAJOR, ORGANIZED religion.
    The oldest one in the world could be shamanism which was also practiced in Hindu faiths long before the Vedas came into existence.
    And Jainism began in 500 BCE or before.
    Judaism around 1500 BCE when the book of genesis was written in Jerusalem.

  3. No mater which is old language Jews (Judaism) are the chosen generation meanwhile Jesus came from tribe of judah ..
    The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
    I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.(Genesis 12:12)

    Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

        1. Hinduism has only one God shiva the creator and thr destroyer also we are nucleus part of the Lord shiva because shiva is everything and shiv is also nothing u can’t understand the Lord shiv until shiv don’t want

    1. SIKH AND OTHER RELIGION CAME OUT FROM EVER SINCE VERY OLDEST HINDUISM EVEN BY SCIENCE EVIDENCE LIKE SINDHU GHATI SABHYATA WHILE DISCOVERING HINDU GOD SCRIPTURES(MURTIS) ARE FOUND WHICH PROVES HINDU IS OLDEST AND ALL RELIGIONS ARE FOLLOWED OR COPIED TO HINDUSIM.

    1. yes of course, humanity should be always first. but my brother most of the Islamic followers is killing other religion people because of Islam. It is very complicated to understand. They all are always ready to kill ppl, I have never seen this to other religious people.

  4. this shows religion came after the humans civilized. The more recent a religion, more aggressive marketing was done to join as many people as possible.

  5. “HINDU” is oldest and first religions in world&EARTH. “HINDU” religion is great, hindu is true. “WAID, UPNISSAD,PURAAN,RAMAYAN,GEETA,MAHABHARAT,SAHINTA etc are introduc his.

  6. What could be the cause of Islam being so aggressive, cruel and irrelevantly primitive. Though all Muslims deny the fact that Islam encourages violence and barbarism but why is it that most of the criminals and terrorists in the world now are Muslims. Religions are way of life and need to evolve from time to time on the basis of need of the time… All religions have done this … why not Islam? From the birth of Islam it was promoted by ruthless invaders….Look at Kashmir… the original peaceful people were driven out of their motherland on the basis of their religion and now they are claiming an separate Islamic state!!
    By the way I am an atheist.
    I will expect an answer from a rational Muslim.

  7. It is not true that humanity is placed at top in all religions – in fact killing of human beings is religiously justified in most religions.

  8. All the religions are made by human and destroy by human no matter what you believe in.
    And I know that not all the people will believe this.

  9. All the religions are made by human and destroy by human no matter what you believe in.
    And I know that not all the people will believe this.

  10. India’s Top 50 Most wanted criminals Fugitives –

    1) हाफिज मोहम्मद सईद.
    2) साजिद माजिद.
    3) सैयद हाशिम अब्दुर्रहमान पाशा.
    4) मेजर इकबाल.
    5) इलियास कश्मीरी.
    6) राशिद अब्दुल्लाह.
    7) मेजर समीर अली.
    8) दाऊद इब्राहिम.
    9) मेमन इब्राहिम.
    10) छोटा शकील.
    11) मेमन अब्दुल रज्जाक.
    12) अनीस इब्राहिम.
    13) अनवर अहमद हाजी जमाल.
    14) मोहम्मद दोसा.
    15) जावेद चिकना.
    16) सलीम अब्दुल गाजा.
    17) रियाज खत्री.
    18) मुनाफा हलरी.
    19) मोहम्मद सलीम मुजाहिद.
    20) खान बशीर अहमद.
    21) याकूब येदा खान.
    22) मोहम्मद मेमन.
    23) इरफान चौगले.
    24) फिरोज राशिद खान.
    25) अली मूसा.
    26) सगीर अली शेख.
    27) आफताब बटकी.
    28) मौलाना मोहम्मद मसूद अजहर.
    29) सलाउद्दीन.
    30) आजम चीमा.
    31) सैयद जबीउद्दीन जबी.
    32) इब्राहिम अतहर.
    33) अजहर युसुफ.
    34) जहूर इब्राहिम मिस्त्री.
    35) अख्तर सईद.
    36) मोहम्मद शकीर.
    37) रऊफ अब्दुल.
    38) अमानुल्ला खान.
    39) सूफियान मुफ्ती.
    40) नाछन अकमल.
    41) पठान याकूब खान.
    42) कैम बशीर.
    43) आयेश अहमद.
    44) अल खालिद हुसैन.
    45) इमरान तौकीब रजा.
    46) शब्बीर तारिक हुसैन.
    47) अबू हमजा.
    48) जकी उर रहमान लखवी.
    49) अमीर रजा खान.
    50) मोहम्मद मोहसिन.

    और हाँ आतंकवाद का कोई धर्म नही होता..

    😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂

    1. सहि बोला जी ।
      आतंककारी का कोइ धर्म नहीं होता।

  11. *इसाई धर्म*

    ईसा एक है

    बाइबिल एक।

    फिर भी, लेटिन कैथलिक, सीरियन कैथलिक, मारथोमा, पेंटेकोस्ट, सैल्वेशन आर्मी, सेवेंथ डे एडवांटिष्ट, ऑर्थोडॉक्स, जेकोबाइट जैसे 146 फिरके आपस में किसी के भी चर्च में नहीं जाते।

    *इस्लाम धर्म*

    अल्लाह एक,

    कुरान एक,
    नबी एक।

    फिर भी शिया, सुन्नी, अहमदिया, सूफी, मुजाहिद्दीन जैसे 13 फिरके एक दुसरे के खून के प्यासे। सबकी अलग मस्जिदें। साथ बैठकर नमाज नहीं पढ़ सकते। धर्म के नाम पर एक-दूसरे का कत्ल करने को सदैव आमादा।

    *हिन्दू धर्म*

    1280 धर्म ग्रन्थ

    10 हज़ार से ज्यादा जातियां, अनगिनत पर्व एवं त्योहार,
    असंख्य देवी-देवता।
    एक लाख से ज्यादा उपजातियां, हज़ारों ऋषि-मुनि, सैकड़ों भाषाएँ।

    फिर भी सारे हिन्दू सभी मन्दिरों में जाते हैं और सारे त्योहारों को मनाते हुए आपस में शान्ति एवं शालीनता से रहते हैं।

    यह है भव्यता, सुन्दरता और खूबसूरती हिन्दू धर्म की …… !!

    फिर क्यों न गर्व हो हिन्दुओं को हिन्दू धर्म पर ………

    🚩 गर्व से कहो हम हिंदु है 🚩

  12. Our Muslims Brothers & Sisters are not happy. I actually feel very sad for this as a human being.

    They’re not happy in Gaza
    They’re not happy in Egypt
    They’re not happy in Libya
    They’re not happy in Morocco
    They’re not happy in Iran
    They’re not happy in Iraq
    They’re not happy in Yemen
    They’re not happy in Afghanistan
    They’re not happy in Pakistan
    They’re not happy in Syria
    They’re not happy in Lebanon
    *************************************
    Lets Find The reason Why..
    So, where are they happy?
    They’re happy in Australia
    They’re happy in England
    They’re happy in France
    They’re happy in Italy
    They’re happy in Germany
    They’re happy in Sweden
    They’re happy in the USA & Canada
    They’re happy in INDIA

    They’re happy in almost every country that is not
    Islamic! And who do they blame?
    Not Islam..
    Not their leadership..
    Not themselves..

    THEY BLAME THE COUNTRIES THEY ARE HAPPY IN!!

    And they want to change the countries they’re happy in, to be like the countries they came from where they were unhappy.
    **********************************
    Buddhists living with Hindus = No Problem
    Hindus living with Christians = No Problem
    Christians living with Shintos = No Problem
    Shintos living with Confucians = No Problem
    Confusians living with Bahai’s = No Problem
    Bahai’s living with Jews = No Problem
    Jews living with Atheists = No Problem
    Atheists living with Buddhists = No Problem
    Buddhists living with Sikhs = No Problem
    Sikhs living with Hindus = No Problem
    Hindus living with Bahai’s = No Problem
    Bahai’s living with Christians = No Problem
    Christians living with Jews = No Problem
    Jews living with Buddhists = No Problem
    Buddhists living with Shintos = No Problem
    Shintos living with Atheists = No Problem
    Atheists living with Confucians = No Problem
    Confusians living with Hindus = No Problem

    Now..

    Muslims living with Hindus = Problem
    Muslims living with Buddhists = Problem
    Muslims living with Christians = Problem
    Muslims living with Jews = Problem
    Muslims living with Sikhs = Problem
    Muslims living with Bahai’s = Problem
    Muslims living with Shintos = Problem
    Muslims living with Atheists = Problem

    MUSLIMS LIVING WITH MUSLIMS = BIG
    PROBLEM !

    Mind You ! :

    Worth thinking upon…A very dear muslim friend of mine has sent me this!!!!!!!

    Until today no one has told you the truth that ????

    There are 3 lakh mosques in India.

    No other country in the world has these many mosques.

    There are only 24 Churches in Washington.

    71 Churches in London.

    There are 68 Churches in the city of Milan in Italy.

    While in Delhi alone there are 271 churches.

    And you call a Hindu communal.

    Further I have not come across an Indian Muslim opposing ISIS.

    But we have millions of Hindus who are opposing views of RSS.

    I have not seen any Muslim holding party on Holi or Diwali festivals for Hindus, but have seen Hindus holding iftar for Muslims during Ramadan. 

    I saw Indian flags being burnt in Kashmir by Indian Muslims.

    But never saw an Indian Muslim burning a Pakistan flag.

    I have seen Hindus wearing topis and visiting Mazars. 

    But I have neither seen nor heard an Indian Muslim applying tilak on his forehead and visiting temples.

    This is called Hindu tolerance and respect for other religious community. 

    It’s my humble request to share this message with your friends & near and dear.
    Ps: if you agree then let it go viral via your contacts and groups.

  13. what is so great about religion… who can proof it? did anyone seen GOD in live?
    Muslims did you? Hindus, did you? Think…Think.. what u all did for your religion? Which country is in peace and happy? Tell!!
    First!! Learn to be a good person, stop comparing who is strongest religion..
    Learn to respect, help poor people, no matter who or where they from… We are not alien from other plant… lowest mentality!!

  14. The Universe is 14 Billion years old, 10 billion years later our solar system with the earth was created. Another 4.5 Billion years later Humanity appears on the planet. The humans species has been around for a mere 150 thousands years – the dinosaurs 100 million years. We are just another life form that now inhabits this beautiful planet. When the environment is no longer suitable for human existence we will disappear like 99.9% of all other life forms that came before us.
    Where was God when 55 million people died in the second world War?

  15. Other religions just say about God . But Hinduism is always feeling present god by using process of meditation and only meditation . Did understood all

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