The religions of the world can be broadly categorized into two.
1_ Semitic religions.
2_ Non Semitic religions.
Semitic religions: are religions that originated among the Semitics. According to the Bible, Prophet Noah عليه السلام had a son called Shem. The descendants of Shem are known as Semites. Therefore, Semitic religions are the religions that originated among the Jews, Arabs, Assyrians, Phoenicians, and other.
The Major Semitic religions are: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. All these religions are Prophetic religions that believe in Divine Guidance sent through prophets of God.
In other hand, Non Semitic religions are divided into two as follows:
Aryan religions and non Aryan religions.
The Aryan Religions: are the religions that originated among the Aryans, a powerful group of Indo - European speaking people that spread through Iran and Northern India in the first half of the second Millennium (2000 to 1500 BC).
The Aryan Religions are further subdivided into two as follows:
Vedic religions and non Vedic religions.
The Vedic Religion is given the misnomer of Hinduism or Brahminism.
The non Vedic religions are: Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, and others. Almost all Aryan religions are non Prophetic religions.
Zoroastrianism is an Aryan, non Vedic religions, which is not associated with Hinduism. It claims to be a Prophetic religions.
But the Non Aryan Religions have diverse origins. Confucianism and Taoism are of Chinese origin while Shintoism is of Japanese origin. Many of these non Aryan religions do not have a concept of God. They are better referred to as ethical systems rather than as religious.
This are the categorisation of the major world religions.
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