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Scientists Find Evidence That Chimps Might Have Their Own Religion

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The world is filled with many religions. You can have your own opinions on that if you like, but religions are a way that bring people together. What we haven't seen before is how it can bring animals together, and that's because we assume they don't have religion at all.

However, new evidence coming out of some West African countries suggest that chimpanzees have developed their own worship system and it's actually pretty fascinating.

Côte d’Ivoire (the Ivory Coast), Liberia, and Guinea Bissau are the locations where chimpanzees have been witnessed developing spiritual tendencies. A team of 80 scientists set out to study the behavior and revealed their findings.

“No chimps east of these countries have been observed doing this. What’s more, there seems to be no reason for it tied to survival. It has nothing to do with acquiring food, mating, or furthering one’s status. Researchers say it might be a unique display of male power, marking the border of their troop’s territory, or even a spiritual ritual.”

So what exactly are these chimps doing to suggest a religion forming? Find out on the next page!

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