In my view there is very little difference. Most all religions began as stories handed down through the generations. The indigenous religions were just written down at much later dates. Essentially they were re-translated with each generation where the written religions were rewritten, translated and re-translated over much longer time frames. Still, there was a time when they were propagated the same way.
Thanks so much Rob. I feel that oral traditions is important and its great to have stories passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth as it enables the very young to participate in having tradition and myths handed down to them orally as they may be too young to read or write. Also, I think it socialises the young into the traditions and myths of their culture by listening to them being talked about. I also think it enables folk who can't read or write to pass on their heritage by orally passing down stories and myths, but anyway I'm rambling thanks for your help.
I agree. In my mind, it's also important to understand the difference between heritage and fact. My ancestors had some rather strange ideas when compared to factual science. :-)
Yeah I agree understanding the difference between heritage and fact is really important. I was also wondering if I could run this question by you as well. Could you describe at least one aspect of indigenous religions that exists in a similar form in a traditional, mainstream religion. I know I'm asking a lot, but please if you could answer can you do so, and if not that's cool. Thank you again for all your help.