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But one could certainly question whether Japanese Shintoism, as an official "world religion", was theologically or spiritually more "advanced" than African Yoruba religion, which was classified simply as animism or paganism.

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But this list accounts for the religions of over 98% of the world's population.

But many of those can be classified in the Yoruba religion category.

Since the Cultural Revolution and the government's campaign to destroy non-Communist religion, Taoism lost, for the most part, the main mechanism through which it remained distinct from the larger Chinese religious environment: its large numbers of temples and Taoist clergy.

Apparently a fusion of Christianity and traditional Korean religion.

There are a number of people who identify themselves specifically as "Taoist" (In 1990-1991 there were 23,000 in the U.S., 1,720 in Canada, and 324 in New Zealand, for example.) There are a smaller number of people, including non-Chinese, who consciously practice a "pure" form of Taoist religion (often Tao-Te-Ching-based), unconcerned with Confucianism, Chinese folk practices, ancestor devotion, etc.

None of these world religions is a single, unified, monolithic organization.

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Independent surveys and government-based figures are not indicative of the higher estimates provided by Neo-Pagan and Wiccan organizations, but there may be a variety of reasons for this.There are two reasons why some might argue that Neo-Paganism should not be listed as a major religion on this page: 1) It might be said that Neo-Paganism is not a single religion, but an umbrella term for many disparate religions.

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They are smaller than religious groups usually listed as "major world religions."

: Neo-Paganism is an umbrella term for modern revivals of ancient ethnic and magickal traditions.

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There are multiple reasons why Rastafarians are typically not counted as one of the major world religions: They are relatively new, having originated only in this century.

Many of the movements that seem like distinct new religions may die out within a few generations.

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I have taught at the university level for more than a decade, including required and elective classes, large lecture classes and small seminars, traditional and non-traditional student populations, and face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats. My courses have been listed or cross-listed in departments and programs including Religious/Theological Studies, History, Medieval/Renaissance Studies, Women's/Gender Studies, Jewish/Islamic Studies, and most recently Children's Studies. Throughout these diverse teaching experiences, I have been motivated by the desire to bring my students into contact with unfamiliar concepts and new ways of thinking about familiar concepts. My courses tend to involve a lot of participation and discussion; a mixture of primary and secondary source readings; an ongoing commitment to religious, cultural, and social diversity in the selection of course material; and an emphasis on bringing together readings and ideas in new configurations through student research projects, papers, and presentations.

When referring to the "size" of a religion, what is usually meant is its number of adherents.


But "Chinese traditional religion" is meant to categorize the common religion of the majority Chinese culture: a combination of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism, as well as the traditional non-scriptural/local practices and beliefs.

Venkateswaran, Professor of Religious Studies (Emeritus),University of Detroit.

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Though it has roots in primal ethnic religions, Neo-Paganism is something distinct, clearly drawing much of its identity from Gardnerian principles introduced in the 1930s.