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Is Wicca the Oldest Religion in the World?


Time and time again we keep seeing claims that Wicca is the oldest religion in the world. For those who don't know anything about History: Wicca is less than 100 years old. Yes, that's right. Wicca was founded by none other than Gerald Gardner (1884-1964) It is believed that this religion started in the 1940s, and became known to the public in 1951.

One of the reasons why Wicca is believed to be one of the oldest religions in the world is because it can be traced back to the Paleolithic age. Paleolithic people worshipped a fertility goddess and a hunter god. Cave paintings were found in France, and according to scholars, these paintings are 30,000 years old. A woman was painted--she was pregnant, and eleven mortals are standing in a circle next to the pregnant woman, doing some type of ritual. These types of rituals have been imitated or have been changed by many Wiccans to this very day. These beliefs, rituals or practices are part of perhaps one of the oldest religions in the world. But the religion that is now called Wicca is not the oldest religion in the world.

It is also believed that Gerald, a religious group or culture did not found Wicca. Wicca was simply a nature-based religion based on very ancient beliefs and practices. When the law against witches was finally repealed in England, in 1951, Gerald was the first to educate people about modern witches, what were they practicing, and most importantly, why?

Personal opinions:

Gardner was the first to use the word Wicca, and not the founder. Wicca is not the oldest religion in the world. Last, let me say that although I do know much about Wicca; I am not an expert on this topic, but I do believe that this religion is based on very ancient beliefs, much older than Christianity.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paleolithic_religion
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Gardner
http://en.allexperts.com/q/Pagan-Wiccan-Religion-3207/wicca-1.htm