Top Largest Religions In The World
We all have a specific religion that we follow. In short, a ‘Religion’ term may be defined as that it is a set of beliefs that is held by a group of people or as a cultural system of designated behaviours and practices, worldviews, texts that relate humanity with the supernatural, spiritual or devotional. It is the identification component for human-beings to give more importance. Globally, there are hundreds of religions in the world. Here, in this article, we are discussing the top 10 largest religions in the world.
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Christianity is the oldest and prominent type of religion and one of the largest religions in the world. Christianity is also an Abrahamic monotheistic religion. It was founded around 27 AD. This religion is followed by the people called Christians, who think that Jesus was the son of God. This Christianity religion generally relies on what Jesus Christ has taught and also depends on all lessons taught by Jesus Christ. ‘Bible’ is the holy book of Christians. This Christianity religion is on 1st position on this list. There are 2.3 Billion followers and 32 percent of total population of Christianity religion.
In 610 AD, Islam was founded by Prophet Muhammad. This religion is also one of the largest religions in the world. This is the oldest and fast growing religion all over the world. The people who follow Islamic religion are known as Muslims and they believe in Muhammad, Allah and Quran. ‘Quran’ is the Islamic holy book which is mostly read by the Islamic or Muslim people. This Islam religion is in 2nd position on this list. Muslim community includes two groups: Shia and Sunni. There are 1.7 Billion followers and 23 percent of total population of Islam Community.
Hinduism is presently the third biggest religion in the world. This is an Indian religion and dharma was found around 1500 BC. Some practitioners refer to it as Sanatana Dharma. It is also one of the oldest religions on this earth. The most vital factor of this particular religion is that it has also some other religions in it. There is no particular single coordinator of this specific religion. The people who follow Hinduism religion are known as Hindus. Diwali is the crucial festival of Hindus. The ‘Bhagavad Gita’ is the holy book of Hinduism and it is read by most of the Hindus. This Hindu religion is on the 3rd position on this list. There are 1 Billion followers and 15 percent of total population of Hinduism religion.
Buddhism is the religion of unanimity. This is also world’s largest religion. In 600 BC, Buddhism religion is found by the Siddhartha Gautama who better known as “The Buddha”. Just like Hinduism, Buddhism is also a Dharmic religion. Buddhism is followed by the people who are called Buddhists. ‘The Tripitaka’ is the holy book of Buddhism. Three Baskets is the actual meaning of ‘The Tripitaka’. This holy book was written in Pali language. The religion has different denominations such as Mahayana, Vajrayana and Hinayana. This Buddhist religion is in 4th position on this list. There are 400 Millon followers and 7 percent of total population of Buddhism religion.
Sikhism is the world popular religion which is generally found in the states of Punjab in India. Means the religion is originated from the Punjab region. This Sikhism religion was founded by Guru Nanak in the 15th century or during 1469-1539 AD. It is the largest Dharmic religion and people who follow this Sikhism religion are known as Sikhs. Their holy book is called “Guru Granth Sahib” and it is read by most of the Sikhs. This Guru Granth Sahib holy book was initially written in ‘Gurmukhi’ script. This Sikhism religion is on 5th rank on this list. There are 30 Millon followers and 0.4 percent of total population of Sikhism.
Judaism is the monotheistic, Abrahamic religion or philosophy of Jewish people. It is also one of the largest religions on the globe. The founders of Judaism are Abraham, Jacob, Issac. They found this religion in the 1300 BC. It is one of the ancient religions in the world. Judaism includes a huge collection of texts, practices, theological positions, and forms of organization. It is the 6th largest religion throughout the world. Jews are those who follow the Judaism religion. There are 20 Millon followers and 0.3 percent of total population of Judaism.
Bahaism is also an Abrahamic religion as like the previous religion that is Judaism. In 1900 AD, Bahaism was founded by Mirza Husayn Ali who is also known as Bahaullah. It was originally started in Iran in the 19th century. This Bahaism is the unity and equality of all people. The people who follow this religion are known as Bahai and Babis. ‘Kitab al-Aqdas’ is the holy book of Bahaism. This religion secures the 7th position on the list of top 10 largest religions in the world. There are 8 Million followers and 0.15 percent of total population of Judaism.
Confucianism is also known as ‘Ruism’. It is a part of the famous Chinese philosopher Confucius where it teaches how to deal with the life in the better way. Confucianism is founded by Kong Qiu in 600 BC. The central core of Confucianism is humanistic. Confucianism is a Taoist religion just like Shintoism. Confucianism is the 8th biggest religion in the world. The followers of this religion are known as Confucius and Confucians. The Holy books of Confucianism include four major books and five classic books. It has over 7 million followers all across the globe and 0.3 percent of total population of Confucianism.
Jainism is conventionally is also known as ‘Jain Dharma’. Jainism is also one of the largest religion founded “The Great Hero” Mahavira in 600 BC. It is the oldest religion from ancient times. The followers of this religion are known as ‘Jains’. It is an old Indian religion and vital standards of Jainism are ahimsa means non-violence and non-attachment. ‘Jain Agamas’ is the holy book of Jainism. There are more than forty Jain Agamas which are written in Prakrit language. In this religion, Shvetambaras and The Digambaras are two categories of followers. Jainism is the 9th biggest religion in the world. There are 4.5 Millon followers and 0.06 percent of total population of Jainism.
Shintoism is a traditional religion of Japan was also known as ‘Shinto’ and ‘Kami-no-Michi’. The word Shinto was derived, initially as ‘Jindo’ or ‘Shindo’. Shintoism religion was founded in 300 BC. It is a form of Toaic religion. There are two holy books of Shintoism are Nihon Shoki and The Kojiki which are written and completed in 712 AD. Generally, this Shintoism religion focuses on ritual practices. It is the 10th largest religion throughout the world. It has over 4 million followers all across the globe and 0.01 percent of total population of Shintoism.
Number 10: Baha’i
Founded in 1900AD by Mirza Husayn Ali (Bahaullah), the followers of the religion are known as Bahai and Babis. It was initially started in Iran in the 19th Century where Bahaullah preached the religion. The religion follows the Abrahamic teachings with their holy book called Kitab al-Aqdas. The followers of the religion are currently spread across the Middle Eastern countries and it is 10th largest religion in the world.
Number 9: Judaism
Judaism is an Abrahamic religion and one of the oldest religions in the world. Judaism is the 9th largest religion with over 14 million followers or 0.20% of the global population known as Jews.
Number 8: Spiritism 0.21%
Spiritism is the 8th largest religion in the world with over 15 million followers worldwide.
Number 7: Sikhism 0.32%
Sikhism is one of the youngest of the major world religions and it was originated in the Punjab, India about the end of the 15th century. It is based on the Spiritual teachings of Guru Nanak and the Tenth Guru Gobind Singh named the Sikh scripture Guru Granth Sahib. Sikhism is the 7th largest religion in the world with over 30 million followers or 0.32% of the global population known as Sikh.
Number 6: African tradition religion 1.40%
African tradition is the 6th largest religion in the world with over 100 million followers worldwide. There are many traditional religions practiced by African people. However, they share the same general concepts. Generally these traditions are oral rather than scriptural.