23. Extinct & Living Religions
The Schøyen Collection is a unique gift to everyone fascinated by the mystery that lies at the origins of religions and cultures. This is the only collection, library or museum that actually has made an attempt to form a collection of the various living and extinct religions of the world, and over a period of time nearly as far back as religion itself. As it widens our knowledge of ancient cultures, societies and individual life, it enhances our understanding of contemporary expressions of faiths.
At the time of writing, we know of no national library or any library or museum have specifically collected manuscripts representing the world's religions, both extinct and living religions, over 5000 years. The manuscripts presented here are a unique representation of the breadth of religious expressions. The world's major religions are not only given depth of historical context, less widely known extinct and indeed modern religions are also represented - as indeed is magic.