My father’s father came to this country from Sweden in the 1870’s. I’ve never heard, but assume he grew up in a church that was a break away from the state Lutheran church in Sweden. But, if I could go back several generations before my Great Grandfather/Mother what religion were they? Humans drifted into Scandinavia both from the south up the coast and overland from the southeast over 10,000 years ago. Then, the gene pool suggests, there were migrations in and out for thousands of years. I don’t know the “indigenous” religion of my past. I know only recent generations have been Christian.
I’ve been reading of a trend among young adults of color in the U.S. to search for their indigenous religion and try to identify with it. This group has come to see Christianity as a white male faith that was forced on their ancestors. The feeling is, to some but not all, they might find emotional and intellectual in faith their ancestors practiced.
A practical problem is reconstructing the faith and the language of the time. Adaptations of what might have been there generations ago sometimes is mixed with Christian rituals.
Some of this trend seems driven by women who have been harassed by white men increased by anti-gay religion. Then when the gay issue became the marque issue in Christianity, it became seen as a white issue. If you were a Christian woman of color you might well say, “They’re treating gays like they treat me. I’m leaving this religion.”