Before religions I studied pagan scriptures

from GZA (Ft. Killah Priest) – Beneath the Surface Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This is a reference to paganism and the many polytheistic religious traditions (multiple gods) that people followed before the monotheistic (one god) religions became popular i.e. Christianity, Islam, Judaism.

Killah Priest is known for studying religious texts, such as the bible, but he is even wiser than we think, as he also studied older religious scriptures.

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