It all started in Sumer, cradle of civilization. They combined lots technology, such as pottery, metal, mason, water, sewer, plus fine formula for structure of an empire. Basically, elite using a story[lie] to gain from others.
Religion is story of gods which enable priest to collect money from followers.
Hero is story making loyal blood special, such as king Arthur.
Story about fake birthday and santa exist…. Elite merchants benefit since it brainwashes people into unnecessary spending which make them broke. Remember the story of couple, she sells hair, he sells the watch? It is NOT necessary to buy JUNK for other person, in fact it would been better if they did not and save the money for a future kids. It is a warm story that brainwashes people into becoming shopping addict.
Sumer cradle of civilization was origin of all major religions and empire structures. Greedy elite made up stories/lies to unite people which spread around world and changed. Technology that allowed for empire formation was pottery, writing, law, male religion, hero stories, metal, water, sewage, mason, farm etc. Structure was copied over and over again with various changes over time and location similar to how language or culture changes.
Old Jews were Polytheist and believed in few gods. Eventually, YHWH(war god of moses) sect dominated and decided they are the only one. One of other sect was asherah(mother nature, tree of life, pole, menorah) and female figurine. Jesus is revival of asherah sect with cross being asherah pole replacement and mary statue. This is the difference between old testament and kinder gentler replacements. Violent jews/muslim vs slightly gentler christan/shinto.
1) Mother nature =Gaia = tree of life =menorah=Asherah Pole= h-ashira(御柱 onbashira)= cross = christmas tree = sirius star = various goddess(ishtar, innana, isis, venus, demeter, amaterasu天照大神,mari,mary,eve etc) = jesus = ra = amum-ra = amen
2) Sea War god = YHWH(god of moses)= yahwah= yahu= yaw= yam= ea= enki= elohim= poseidon=須佐之男susanowo etc. and 八ya… in japan=山yama mountain god= Yahoo(hello god)= YAAH!!(attack in name of god)= elohim = allah=oden=tengri ~ Tenri 天理 ~ tengu天狗 = aten = atom = adam = Horus
3) Horned god = Baal = Minotaur = Chi_You蚩尤 =chinese yama = enmadaio閻魔大王
4) Gate guards = 毘沙門天(bishamonten)= 狛犬(komainu)=獅子 lion/dragon/unicorn= Vaisravana= sphinx= lamassu= valkyrie=cupid=cherubs angel guarding eden
5) King = Kanger=kang=khan=kagan=stone=ancient etc. and perhaps even kin/kim/mason/jin