Academic department under which the project should be listed

Geography & Anthropology

Faculty Sponsor Name

Terry Powis

No human subjects involved so approval is unnecessary.

Project Type

Poster

Abstract (250 words maximum)

Numerous religious faiths have pervaded the world for much of known human history, but these belief systems often have significant variation in their core tenets, especially with those that have no contact. Religions which are in close proximity to one another tend to have some degree of syncretism, such as having comparable deities, due to having some transmission of their cultures. One group of similar base beliefs is the Indo-Europeans, with its members having been studied for parallels before. To contend with these previous studies, this project will look at the beliefs of the Norse, Greek, and Celtic cultures, all of which are in the Indo-European group, in conjunction with the Maya culture, who is an outlier in Central America. Various facets, including the cosmology and pantheon of each of the religions, will be looked at to find any form of universality between the beliefs of these four groups, with a moderate degree of similarity being expected.

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Many Faiths, One Beginning: Universality in Norse, Maya, Greek and Celtic Faiths

Numerous religious faiths have pervaded the world for much of known human history, but these belief systems often have significant variation in their core tenets, especially with those that have no contact. Religions which are in close proximity to one another tend to have some degree of syncretism, such as having comparable deities, due to having some transmission of their cultures. One group of similar base beliefs is the Indo-Europeans, with its members having been studied for parallels before. To contend with these previous studies, this project will look at the beliefs of the Norse, Greek, and Celtic cultures, all of which are in the Indo-European group, in conjunction with the Maya culture, who is an outlier in Central America. Various facets, including the cosmology and pantheon of each of the religions, will be looked at to find any form of universality between the beliefs of these four groups, with a moderate degree of similarity being expected.