Although we can find the starting point of most religions, from the very beginning mankind has sought to make sense of the world and our place in it.
Early religious beliefs often centred on what provided humanity with the means of existence, such as the sun, or rivers or the weather. Later these developed into ideas of a superior being beyond the world who was worthy of worship.
The English word 'religion' comes from the Latin religio which means either:
(re-lego) to read again or consider carefully