Proto-Indo-European Religion: Gods, Myths and Practices

European Origins

Table of Contents:

  1. A Definition of Religion
  2. Reconstructing Proto-Indo-European Mythology
    1. Indo-European Belief Systems
    2. The Proto-Indo-European Pantheon
      1. Indo-European Gods Throughout Time
    3. Myths and Legends
    4. Religious Practice
    5. The Afterlife

The Oxford Languages dictionary defines Religion as “the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.” or “a particular system of faith and worship.”; the question of whether the term “Religion” can be applied to the beliefs of the Indo-Europeans and their ancestors, the Proto-Indo-Europeans (abbreviated as ‘PIE‘ or ‘PIEs‘ in the following), is a controversial one, to say the least.

Thus, before attempting to reconstruct Proto-Indo-European Religion, we need to take a look at the meaning of faith in our modern world and see if its definition applies to the beliefs of our ancestors or if a different one is needed to start with.

A Definition of Religion

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