Tribal peoples have several immediate advantages over surrounding cultures in their religious ideas and practices; they have prophets but no printing, thinkers but no theologians, and almost certainly as high a proportion of intellectuals as any modern developed societies with their highly educated minorities. This gives them the cultural ability to change these at the actual level of the people who practice rather than think about their spiritual and religious ideas without the difficulties created by status and professionalism.
This allows memories of tradition to be constantly updated along the lines of what they usually hold to be their time honoured practices while allowing present circumstances to constantly update their religious rituals without any feelings of cultural disruption. In its modern setting this leads to quasi-traditional practices continuing among those who are ostensibly members of the major literate religions.
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