World's Major Religions
This list provides information about 16 religions, including their symbols, numbers of adherents, founding places and time, basics of beliefs, practices, holy days, and more.
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The Cultural Traditions of Religions
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|Religion||Other Name||Picture of Religious Symbol||Name of Religious Symbol||Number of Adherents (in millions) (2012 data)||Cultural Tradition||Founding Place||Approximate Founding Year||Sacred Text||Basics of Belief||Practice||Holy Day||Major Denominations|
|Christianity||Cross||2200||Abrahamic religion||Middle East||30 AD||Bible||There is only one god whom members call Father as Jesus Christ taught them; Jesus is the son of God; Justification by faith; Trinity; Life after death; Salvation; Saints||Bible study; Sunday worship service; Prayer; Baptism; Eucharist; Confirmation; Fasting||Advent; All Saints Day; Ash Wednesday; Boxing Day; Christmas; Easter; Epiphany; Good Friday; Lent; Lord's Day; Mardi Gras; Palm Sunday; St. Andrew's Day; St. Patrick's Day||Catholicism; Eastern Orthodox Church; Protestantism|
|Islam||Star and Crescent||1600||Abrahamic religion||Middle East||622 AD||Quran; Sunnah; Hadith||Allah is the one and only God; Prophets; Revealed books; Angels; Predestination; Day of Resurrection||Testimony; Prayer; Charity; Fasting; Pilgrimage; Recitation and memorization of the Quran||Ashura; Eid ul Fitr; Lailat al Qadr; Milad un Nabi; Al-Hijra; Eid ul Adha; Lailat al Miraj; Lailat ul Bara'h; Ramadan||Sunni; Shia; Sufism|
|Hinduism||Om||1100||Indian religion||Indian Subcontinent||1500 BC||Vedas; Upanishads; Bhagavad Gita||Brahman; Dharma; Karma; Samsara; Moksha; Authority||Worshiping at dawn after bathing; Recitation from religious scripts; Singing devotional hymns; Yoga; Meditation; Chanting mantras; Celebrating rites of passage; Pilgrimage||Diwali; Hanuman Jayanti; Krishna Janmashtami; Navaratri; Rama Navami; Thaipusam; Varsha Pratipada; Ganesh Chaturthi; Holi; Mahashivratri; Makar Sankranti; Raksha Bandhan; Swaminarayan Jayanti; Vaisakhi||Vaishnavism; Shaivism; Shaktism; Smartism|
|Buddhism||Wheel of the Dharma||376||Indian religion||Indian Subcontinent||523 BC||Tripitaka||Afterlife; Four Noble Truths; Noble Eightfold Path; Impermanence; Suffering; Non-self; Emptiness; Karma||Venerating the Buddha; The exchange of gifts; Pilgrimage; Ordination; Meditation; Insight; Sacred mandala; Buddhist worship; Monasticism||Losar; Vesak; Sangha Day; Dhamma Day; Kathina; Parinirvana||Theravada; Mahayana; Vajrayana|
|Sikhism||Sikhi||Khanda||23||Indian religion||Indian Subcontinent||1500 AD||Guru Granth Sahib||There is only one God Ik Onkar; Honest living and honest work; Community service; Personal dignity and peace; Justice and equality; Religious Authority||Prayer and meditation on God's name; Services at temple; Baptism; Charitable donations; Community meals; Reflective thought; The Five Ks; Effective use of time||Diwali; Hola Mahalla; Gurpurbs; Vaisakhi; Maghi|
|Taoism||Daoism||Taijitu||20||Chinese religion||China||550 BC||Tao Te Ching; Zhuangzi||Pantheism; Yin-yang (opposites make up a unity); Tao and Te (way and virtue); Wu-wei (nonaction); Chi (air); Naturalness||Vegetarian diet; Alchemy; Fortune-telling; Martial arts; Meditation; Recitation; Talismans||Chinese New Year; Ghost Festival; Mid-Autumn Festival; Lantern Festival; Tomb Sweeping Day||Religious Taoism (Daojiao); Philosophical Taoism (Daojia)|
|Spiritualism||Sunflower||15||United States||1848 AD||The soul continues to exist after the death of the physical body; Spirit communication; Even after death it is possible for the soul to learn and improve; Infinite intelligence; Personal responsibility for life circumstances||Sunday services; Seances and other communication with departed spirits; Spirit healing||Syncretism; Spiritualist Church; Psychical Research|
|Judaism||Star of David||14||Abrahamic religion||Middle East||2000 BC||Torah; Talmud||There is only one God, who chooses to behave in a way that is both just and fair; Faith of a Community; Family Faith; Living the faith; Faith of action||Circumcision at birth; Bar/bat mitzvah at adulthood; Observing Sabbath; Wearing tallit and tefilin; Prayer||Hanukkah; Purim; Rosh Hashana; Yom Kippur; Sukkot; Shavuot; Shabbat||Conservative Judaism; Orthodox Judaism; Reform Judaism|
|Bahá'í Faith||Bahaism||Nine-Pointed Star||7||Abrahamic religion||Middle East||1863 AD||Kitáb-i-Aqdas||Unity of God; Unity of religion; Unity in diversity||Daily prayer; Avoidance of intoxicants; Scripture reading; Hard work; Education; Work for social justice and equality||Nineteen Day Feast; The Birth of the Báb; The Martyrdom of the Báb; The Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh; The Declaration of the Báb; Naw-Rúz; Ridván|
|Jainism||Jain Dharma||Jain Emblem||4.2||Indian religion||Indian Subcontinent||570 BC||Jain Agamas||The universe is eternal; Many gods exist; Non-violence; Non-absolutism; Non-attachment; Dravya (substance); Tattva (Reality); Karma; The soul; Vitalism||Vegetarianism; Fasting; Monasticism under the Five Great Vows; Worship at temples and at home; Meditation; Pilgrimage||Diwali; Mahavir Jayanti; Paryushana; Samvatsari||Digambara; Svetambara|
|Shinto||kami-no-michi||Torii||4||Japanese religion||Japan||500 AD||Kojiki; Nohon Shoki||Kami (ancient gods or spirits); Animism; Afterlife; Positive view of human nature||Omairi (visiting a shrine); Harae (ritual purification); Misogi (water purification); Imi (avoidance); Amulets and talismans; Kagura (ritual dance)||Seijin Shiki; Aki Matsuri; Rei-sai; Oshogatsu; Haru Matsuri; Shichigosan||Jinja (Shrine); Kyôha (Sect); Minzoku (Folk)|
|Caodaism||Cao Dai or Dao Cao Dai||Divine Eye||4||Vietnamese religion||Vietnam||1926 AD||Canonical Codes; Phap-Chanh-Truyen||God is represented by the Divine Eye; Three-fold revelation; Twelve-fold hierarchy; Salvation by cultivating self and finding God in self; Reincarnation||Hierarchy similar to Roman Catholicism; Daily prayer; Meditation; Communication with spirit world||Hoi Yen Dieu Tri; Tet Nguyen Dan||Tây Ninh Holy See; Chiếu Minh; Bến Tre; Đà Nẵng|
|Zoroastrianism||Mazdayasna||Faravahar||2.6||Iranian religion||Middle East||600 BC||Avesta||There is only one God called Ahura Mazda; Dualism; Messianism; Heaven and hell; Free will||Prayers; Tending the sacred fire; Coming of age rituals; Burial by exposure in the Tower of Silence||Gahanbars; Noruz; Mehragan||The Avesta; The Younger Avesta|
|Tenrikyo||Tenriism||Tenrikyo Emblem||2||Japanese religion||Japan||1838 AD||Ofudesaki||Tenri-O-no-Mikoto, the single God, is the creator and caring parent of all human beings; Joyous Life; Reincarnation; Kashimono-karimono||Daily services; Hinokishin; Monthly services; Divine Grant of Sazuke||Sechi Festival|
|Candomblé||2||Afro-American religion||Brazil||Beginning of the 19th Century||Members believe in one all powerful God called Oludumaré who is served by lesser deities; Every person has their own individual orixa which controls his or her destiny and acts as a protector; There is no concept of good or bad||Worship services; Initiation; Various sacrifices||Festival of Yemanja; Washing of Bonfim|
|Unitarian Universalism||UUism||Flaming Chalice||0.8||Liberal religion||United States||1961 AD||Members are free to choose their own personally-favored literature.||There are no set beliefs; Seven Principles and Purposes; Six Sources||Worship services; Diversity of practices with an emphasis on civil rights, social justice, equality, and environment||Religious holidays such as Christmas, Passover, and Pagan Winter Solstic; Earth Day; Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Labor Day; Indigenous Peoples Day; Thanksgiving|