Art is a human impulse. It is a very fundamental expression of being human. We see beauty and ugliness and pain and joy and we express these things and the form our expression takes comes to be known as art. But art is also an occupation and the people who make art need to eat.
So throughout human history, people who make art have sought to find ways with which to sustain themselves. In another age, some artists went to royal courts to entertain kings and made their living that way. Some artists travelled all over the place and sought to make a...
...living from those who listened to them sing, dance, and tell stories. Some artists even sought the patronage of religious institutions of their day, choosing to become monks and priests in order to be able to do art. This is why we find a lot of medieval art created by...
...monks and priests. In Europe as well as the Indian sub-continent, Churches and temples were the source of much music, theatre, and painting. These days, it is common to hear religious people claim that had it not been for their religion, a certain art would not exist. And...
...they aren't wrong technically. But it needs to be remembered that the reason that is the case is because the artists who made that art simply gravitated towards the power structures of the day. Those days, it just happened to be kings and Churches and temples. If they could...
...have managed to make a living without relying on these sources of security and money, they might have done just that. The reason a lot of medieval art has a religious flavour is probably not because of any inherent merit in the religion it praises. It is because the artist...
...was under the religion's care. Some our greatest musical traditions are steeped in religious imagery and metaphor because the artist grew up inside that religion's shadow. This same logic can also apply to other claims such as "our religion gave the world math" or "without...
...our religion, the world wouldn't have XYZ". Human thought and imagination does not rely on religion to exist. It's actually the other way around. Religion emerged from human imagination. Every god, every epic, every philosophical tradition was made by people who needed to eat.

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