Lightning and the quick thinking manipulator.
Want to be a king pin back in cave dwelling days?
If lightning struck an elder or leader, what happens to the power vacuum?
A deep and quick thinking manipulator says “It is a sign!”
“The evil doer was righteously killed! Do what I say, we will be safe once more!”
Is this a way that religiosity grew- swaying the decisions of normal person? Were certain acts done in the past that a new leader hated. Or wanted to change ways for an advantage?
“…hm…sounds…right…well, okay then, lead on” because shrewdly, the clever social manipulator could use it as an excuse to lead the tribe.
What better way to build a cult up, with new rules to enshrine certain ways of living? Some people would love to follow blindly. Ostracism, or death, if others oppose.
I think you would have to be a maniac or loser in this situation! I see that the flds in Arizona bends the weak or illiterate to evil ways. What certain taboos in general society are is not, and vice versa. Crusades, Intifada, 3rd Reich, Desert Storm…
What the hell is the motivation of the oppressed to follow? Explanations believed because of fear of being struck down, execution, hunger? A certain deliverance of food, shelter, community protection from the elements and others that do not believe?
I follow customs and everything around me is peaceful, not least cos I do not want to lose the soap in the shower at a retention institution… See? A fears of retribution, loss of protection by my fellow man from maniacs, ostracism or loss of friends.