Designed by Simon E. Davies from the Human Odyssey, The Evolutionary Tree of Religion provides a timeline for the origins of faith, myths, and mysticism dating as far back as 40,000 BCE to the modern day and spread all across the globe.

There are roughly 4,200 known religions in the world, which often drive morality, ethics, laws, and lifestyle.  Many of these religions have narratives, symbols, traditions, and histories that are intended – for better or worse – to give meaning to life or to explain the origin of life or the universe.

Of course, the graphic does not contain all 4,200, but still represents some of the more historically significant faiths.

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The evolution of religion (family tree)