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6 religions you may not know about

Jan. 18, 2013 at midnight
Updated Jan. 17, 2013 at 7:18 p.m.

In 1994, six miles from Urfa, Turkey, the world's oldest religious temple was excavated by German and Turkish archeologists. Predating Stonehenge by more than 6,000 years, the Gobekli Tepe, or humanity's first "cathedral on a hill," is estimated to have been erected about 9,000 B.C.

Man and religion have an ancient relationship, evidenced by historical religious rituals and figurines that predate even the Gobekli Tepe.

And the practice of religion continues to be prevalent in nearly every country worldwide. It's estimated that 51 percent of people around the globe believe in some divine entity, according to a 2011 study from the Ipsos Social Research Institute. The study also estimates that 51 percent of people worldwide believe in an afterlife.

There are hundreds of documented religions worldwide, but not all religions are widespread, or well known.

Below are brief descriptions of six lesser known religions that have been documented throughout history.

SOURCE: "30-Second Religion," by Russell Re Manning; Ipsos Social Research Institute;



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