Mysticism and superstition have been with humanity longer than we have had recorded history.
It’s been used to control people and force them to live in poverty so the privileged few can enjoy wealth. The Pharaoh was a god who squandered his people’s resources. The Romans had many gods but the Emperor was foremost to them.
The wealth of nation’s has been squandered for all of human history. Instead of investing wealth to discover more about science and the world, ridiculous percentages of GDP were used to construct gaudy churches and tombs for ‘god’.