The 10 Largest Religions In The World

Do you care to know about the 10 largest religions in the world? Religion remains a dominant factor for the majority of the world’s population. Leaving aside who professes faith, religion continues to occupy a preferential place in the inhabitants of this planet.

What are the most widespread religions? To answer your question we at AllroundGist have taken our time to analyze some studies which were carried out around year 2002 till today.

With this research it has been ascertained that there can’t be an exact number of religious people, also, some countries of the world have no religious classification in their official censuses. Therefore, the following classification is the result of a combination of unofficial censuses and surveys, just to present to you an idea of how each religion is gaining more worshippers.

The 10 Largest Religions In The World

Without further ado let us reveal to you based on our research the top 10 largest religions in the world.

Top 10 Largest Religions In The World

1. Christianity

Born around the year 30 AD, its believers number more than 2,100 million, distributed on five continents, mainly in Latin America and Europe, and is divided into different Churches (Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Anglicanism, Restorationist and Pentecostal). The Holy book of this religion is the Bible.

2. Islam

This religion, which emerged in Saudi Arabia in the seventh century and is governed by the Quran, has around 1.3 billion followers. The largest number of Muslims is concentrated in countries in the Middle East, North Africa, Bangladesh and Indonesia.

3. Hinduism

Its birth dates back to 1750 BC and it is the polytheistic creed with the most followers: 870 million. Most of its population lives in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan.

4. Chinese Traditional Religion

Chinese popular belief, polytheistic and influenced by Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. It is estimated that it has 405 million faithful in China. Some of its main gods are: Guan Yu (of truth and loyalty), Baosheng Dadi (great emperor of life) and Hu Ye (guardian spirit).

5. Buddhism

It emerged around the 5th century BC from the teachings of Siddharta Gautama (563-486 BC), better known as the Buddha. Its believer’s number 378 million, most of whom live in China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Taiwan, Cambodia and India.

6. Sikhism

Founded by Guru Nanak (1469-1539), it is a mixture of Hinduism and Islam. It has more than 25 million followers, of which 90% live in India and the rest are scattered throughout the rest of the world.

7. Judaism

It is the oldest monotheistic religion: it emerged around 2000 BC. C in Canaan, the so-called “Promised Land” (now Israel). It has 15 million faithful spread over the five continents.

8. Baha’i

It was founded in 1863 by the Iranian Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892), considered by his faithful to be the last prophet sent by God. It is estimated that they add 7.5 million followers in the world.

9. Jainism

This Hindu creed, created by Vardhamana Mahavira (559-527 BC), has 4.5 million followers. The largest concentrations are in India, especially in the cities of Bengal, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Guayarat and Karnakta.

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10. Shintoism

Was born in Japan before the Christian era, during the first years of the history of this Asian country. With the kami or nature spirits as gods, it is the second most popular religion in the nation of the rising sun after Buddhism, with three million adherents.

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