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National Geographic Channel’s series The Story of God with Morgan Freeman asks the questions that every society on earth has asked themselves at some point: Who is God? Where did we come from? Why does evil happen? What happens when we die? While religion is often seen as a dividing force, the series illuminates the remarkable similarities among different faiths, even those that seem to be in stark contrast. Now, National Geographic brings this Emmy-nominated hit series back for a second season. All-new episodes will take viewers on a trip around the world in search of answers to some of life’s great questions through the lenses of the world’s major religions, science, anthropology, and archeology.

The education resources on this page supplement the series The Story of God. Explore the educational resources and give students a deeper look at religion around the world, both in the past and as it exists today. 


Classroom Guides

The content of these guides is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not represent the official views of National Geographic Education. These guides were designed for season one of the program.

Video: Early Beliefs and Practices

Stonehenge and the Roots of Monotheism

Stonehenge and the Roots of Monotheism  

What can archaeology tell us about religion? Watch this video as archaeologists Vince Gaffney and Paul Garwood study the early stages of monotheism evidenced at Stonehenge and its surrounding area.

The Mayan Story of Creation

The Mayan Story of Creation  

Watch this video and learn about the ancient Mayan perception of creation as Morgan Freeman participates in a traditional Mayan ceremony and explores the ruins of Tikal.

Early Civilization and Belief

Early Civilization and Belief  

Travel to Turkey and explore the ancient city of Çatalhöyük with archaeologist Amy Bogaard and Morgan Freeman, as he asks the following question: are the birth of farming and the beginning of belief in God connected?

Life After Death in Ancient Egypt

Life After Death in Ancient Egypt  

This video explores a nearly 4,400 year-old tomb of a pharaoh and illuminates some of what the ancient Egyptians believed about the vitality of life after death.

Religion Around the World

Mayan Caves: Places of Sacred Ritual

Mayan Caves: Places of Sacred Ritual  

Archeologist Fatima Tec Poole investigates a newly -discovered cave in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, and discovers evidence that it was once an important site of Mayan pilgrimage

Leshan Giant Buddha

Leshan Giant Buddha  

Images of the Buddha, like this giant carving in Leshan, China, almost always depict him with unusually long earlobes. This is not a stylistic choice by the artist, but a powerful symbol in Buddhist art.

Festival of Colors

Festival of Colors  

Holi, the Hindu celebration of spring, is marked with ritual bonfires and the spraying og brightly colored powders and water at public festivals.

Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama  

The Dali Lama is a spiritual and former political leader of Tibet, who is surrounded by a legacy of controversy. 

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos  

Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—is a lively Mexican holiday that draws on indigenous and European traditions.

Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali  

Diwali, also called Dipawali or Deepavali, is India's biggest and most important holiday of the year.

Photo Gallery

Geography of Religion

Major Religions

Major Religions  

An interactive map of major religions practiced in human populated areas around the globe. The map only shows the dominant religion in an areas, not all of the practiced religions.

1989 Holy Land

1989 Holy Land  

Half of a two-page layout on the Holy Land, this educational supplement teems with details of the history of the land held sacred by Jews, Christians, and Muslims. An extraordinary illustration of Jerusalem notes important sites and the "Crossroads of Empires" inset reveals the history of the region's occupation.

1996 Jerusalem: The Old City

1996 Jerusalem: The Old City  

Published in April 1996 as a companion to the modern Jerusalem map, this map features the city's many historical sites. The Christian, Armenian, Muslim, and Jewish quarters are shown in distinct colors, and notes describe the most significant sacred sites in the old walled city and beyond.

Visions of Mary

Visions of Mary  

Starting in the 16th century, the Roman Catholic Church instituted a strict vetting process for miracles like the 2,000 sightings of the Virgin Mary claimed since 40 CE. To be worthy of belief and church support, apparitions must be deemed miraculous, in line with church doctrine, and have had a positive impact.

Other Resources

Activity (Grades 6-8): Introduction to Europe's Languages and Religions

Activity (Grades 6-8): Introduction to Europe's Languages and Religions  

Students discuss their ideas about what makes a group, which groups might cause conflict when combined in the same country or area, and what religions and languages are present in Europe.

Collection: Jerusalem Education

Collection: Jerusalem Education  

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