The Weakening of Ancient Trade and the Strengthening of Religions?

The Weakening of Ancient Trade and the Strengthening of Religions?   When the large distance trade routes were heavily constrained. The relatively free flow of trade in Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Levant and Turkey around or shortly after 3000 years ago (Iron Age starts) becomes constrained. Due somewhat to the larger geopolitical city state destabilization and chaotic reorganization. This is when religion and culture meshes and becomes stronger and individually consolidated rather being opened and dramatically widespread. Religion was able to hone in on the specifics of their religion (rituals, practices, rules, laws, most specifically a more defined sectarianism forms of religions) that was more personal and evolved for them. This was their encapsulated way of life which now is the basis of today’s major fracture religions. These major religions of the world can still be see exhibiting this consolidated and closed end thinking like a circling of wagons; an us versus them mentality of sectarianism. What’s is Some Proof? * Around 3,050 to 2,771 years ago in China the Zhou dynasty is formed but generally it is thought to be around 1046 BCE, Wen’s son Wu and his ally Jiang Ziya led an army of 45,000 men and 300 chariots across the Yellow River and defeated King Zhou of Shang at the Battle of Muye, that officially marked the beginning of the Zhou dynasty. According to Chinese mythology, the Zhou lineage began when Jiang Yuan, a consort of the legendary Emperor Ku, miraculously conceived a child, Qi “the Abandoned One”, after stepping into the divine footprint of Shangdi. Qi was a culture hero credited with surviving three abandonments by...