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April 4, 2019 at 2:26 pm #23624Lord_GYJParticipant@lord_gyj
I’ve spent many years studying and dabbling in various religions and spiritual and philosophical paths. What I’ve learned, once I took a step back and boiled it all down, is that people have always had a spiritual leaving, for one reason or another. But I’ve always wondered about the very first person to pray (in other words, the first human to attribute a spiritual significance to whatever phenomenon they attributed said spirituality to). What caused it; this sudden shift in human thinking towards the divine? Was it an effort to explain natural phenomena? A result of experimentation with psychoactive plants?
I’ve been wondering about this ‘original prayer’. What was it? What god, goddess, or other divine being was it directed to?
Before people made religions too complex and complicated, before any rituals or dogma were written down, these first prayers were created in someone’s mind and spoken freely. I’ve always looked at the rituals and complicated incantations associated with many systems and wondered about the people before them, and how they could have possibly benefited from those rituals that they couldn’t possibly have known about. So, in my mind, the most powerful and useful prayers were any that were available to the first people to imagine them.
I’d like to hear them; those ‘Original Prayers’.
October 6, 2019 at 12:26 pm #37030BrotherdParticipant@brotherd
Hmm, fucking interesting, man. I guess the first to “pray”, were correlating natural weather phenomena and disasters with misfortune, so some dude took it upon himself to devise some kind of appeasement, whether it be sacrifice, prayer or other ritual.
As for the words, well dude we just dont know. But something involving “O (insert deity), bless me/us with mercy/good fortune…..”
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October 20, 2019 at 10:59 am #38186RevMaskParticipant@revmask
People who study this sort of thing believe the first religions were based on natural occurrences and that the deities were things like wind, thunder, etc.
So I think the first prayer would be something along the lines of “Please don’t kill me.”
February 14, 2021 at 3:53 am #74861JanholtzParticipant@janholtz
I think the original true prayer, not as a direct entreaty (e.g. please don’t kill me) but as a request for a future outcome, would be Shephards prayer: “Dear Lord, please don’t let me fuck up”
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