Geography Program (SNR)


Date of this Version



Encyclopedia of Religion in America, volume 2 (Charles H. Lippy and Peter W. Williams, editors), 2010, pages 929-935.


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To understand the religions of a region, it is helpful to examine its environmental characteristics and the history of human occupation of that land because interpretations and forms of worship often reflect the environment with which believers cope. Although characteristics of the natural environment are intricately incorporated into most ancient religions, this relationship may be less obvious in religions with creeds and set of beliefs enunciated by historic figures. Here focus is on how the religious history of the Great Plains distinguishes it from other parts of America.