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"Where the Gods Come From" is an important film which refutes the existence of a supposed war between cultures. The apparent differences in the religions and their gods hide the basic common features intrinsic in the sources of our common childhood, their needs and longings for security and love. Here lies the origin of our common humanity.

Arno Gruen, 03

Our 'modern' religions were and still are a side branch of ancient 'paganism'…not until a descent from this marginal limb takes place, does the plant as a whole become visible. An exciting theory, substantiated in a highly recommended book and film.

Psychologie heute, July 03

When Indra, the god most frequently addressed in the Vedic Pantheon, 'rides to his wedding on a tricycle,' then this trinitarian vehicle, so to speak, is definitely worth a good bit of curiosity. It is soon satisfied in Harald Strohm's wide-ranging religious-psychological investigation of the origins of religion. Calling it original would be a gross understatement.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 19th July 03

The author presents readings of selected passages from the (Indian) Rigveda in the light of modern knowledge about early pre-amnesic childhood. The ancient deities, and especially Indra, show characteristics of children, and many if not most features of religion may actually be derivative of or echoing early-childhood scenarios. In Christianity, we see the confrontation of children with their father (who is the only one to educate them, for the mother has mysteriously disappeared). Scholars of religion will find much to ponder in this learned and stimulating book.      
International Review of Biblical Studies, 49/04