Sacred mountain of the world – Stipe Božić (1990)
Almost all known religions placed their deities on top of mountains. Olympus , Kailas , Fujijama are only some of the mythical peaks that the supreme gods used to inhabit.
While travelling and exploring all seven continents, 1 have come to realize that almost all high mountains under which people once lived played an important part in human beliefs. lndra’s throne was on the peaks of Himalaya and it is from there that he went on his innumerable campaigns against the evil Ravana, as the ancient Vedas say. The ancient Greek god Zeus ruled from the peaks of Olympus. Some Eastern religions attribute the same virtues to the god Djaus, which has lead many historians to believe that all modern religions stem from the same source.
In South America , for example, the lncas believed that the peaks themselves were gods, which is why they brought them various offerings, including humans.
The highest peak of North America was also considered sacred by the native Indians. They named it Denali , which means The Magnificent One in the Atabascan language.
As far as we know, Africa didn’t produce any major religions that would be comparable to Christianity, Islam, Hinduism or Buddhism, but this did not prevent the local inhabitants to place their gods on the highest of mountains.
In Europe churches were built on high grounds or towering mountains w~ marked paths, as can also be seen in Croatia . Before the arrival of Christianity many mountains were considered sacred by the Ilirian tribes, as modem homonyms indicate. The Australian Aborigines believed that many of their high grounds were holy places. The most famous among them is the granite monument Uluru in the continent’s heartland. The islands in the south-western Pacific abound in various religious beliefs that have hardly been explored, which makes them all the more interesting.
The only continent whose peaks are not associated with any religions is Antarctica , which is no wonder since it is completely uninhabitable to people.