How Old is Mankind
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Probably none of these three religions and three "ways of life" are followed in their original forms by their nominal adherents. The two leading religions were handed down by oral transmission simultaneously for a thousand years or more in Southern and Southwestern Asia, thus forming a folklore common to a certain extent to the whole territory, from which folklore the writers of the Rig-Vedas and the Bible drew the materials when these" books" were finally reduced to writing. They were 110 doubt alte red by contact with each other, and moreover the religions became incrusted with various and similar superstitions of common origin, until they acquired many features, beliefs, rituals and symbolisms in common, some of which we will consider.