As a graduate in Anthropology one of the most common ceremonies in ancient and some modern societies is the initiation of young boys. Ultimately the elevation of their status to that of manhood displays similarities with the Easter ritual of crucifixion that cannot be easily overlooked. There is commonalty as well in the archaeological records that display symbols and meaning akin to modern Christianity.
It was not by chance that I looked into these things with an eye for comparing them. Following my reincarnation my life has been spent observing and learning to pinpoint the origin of religions and the reasoning behind heaven and hell.
On leaving my last body my memory of it is such that every detail is recalled. There is no heaven or hell and my 'being' was united with the Great Spirit of the Universe, whom I know is the only god. So why are religious rituals concerned with false beliefs and gods of man's making?
The answer lies in the deeply embedded traditions that are not easily overcome. Passed down from ancient ancestors, who could not be ignored. The rituals not only follow the same pattern but they are part of the culture.
Remote indigenous societies on all continents display that style where there has been no outside influence or very little of it. Young boys, some only 9 or 10 years of age, are placed in the hands of men and removed completely from their mothers, with whom they will have no contact afterward.
In these ceremonies the boys are usually circumcised and, in some cases, their incisors are knocked out. In extreme pain, they are then either buried or somehow enclosed in darkness from which they emerge three days later.
The pain represents their death and then the release from darkness is the resurrection of their bodies. This makes them eligible to go to heaven after their physical death and so they are now warriors and protectors of their tribes.
To acknowledge their new status, they have put their hand-print on rocks using white clay, where they remain for all eternity. The five fingers represent the five-point star of the mother god and their marriage or dedication to her.
The story is complex and varies slightly depending on countries involved and length of isolation. It was through language that most of the reasoning behind it came to the fore. Archaeological sites also highlight the thinking of tribal groups along with their ongoing practices that made their way into modern religious systems.