From the beginning of early man to modern times, the constant factor within our culture has been religion. No other organization or cultural facet has a greater influence on individual, group, cultural, and regional groupings. The inception/origins of religion, though widely varied by academics, rarely have an answer that is acceptable by the majority. Within the book Religion Explained,  Boyer states the following on this multitude.In this essay, we will attempt to redefine the parameters for religions inception by using modern understanding of our species cognitive capacities and behaviors. This is an attempt at generating Behavioral Mechanics that are independent of the context they are formed from. With these a framework will be designed that will determine what logically could have lead to the creation of individual and group prehistoric religious models that were then carried into written history. The Cognitive, behavioral, and social functions of Homo sapiens will be the only methodology applied. Regional doctrine and ideologies referenced will only be done as examples and not as defining progressions. The aforementioned portions of religion are the result of its origins and not predating the inception. We will start with humankind obtaining self-awareness and moving forward to formulating an argument for religious generation.
cultural facet, Cognitive, behavioral, Behavioral Mechanics and social functions.