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Other Dimensions of World Religions


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Perspective


Our digital history of other dimensions of world religions focuses on alternative spirituality or beliefs that have modern origins and are tangential to mainstream religion. They can be part of a wider religion but distinct from its existing denominations. While some deal with the challenges of the modern world by espousing individualism, others exist as esoteric collectives. In all, there are tens of thousands of new religious movements worldwide, with most of their adherents living in Asia and Africa. Most have only a few members, some have thousands, and a few have more than a million.

New religions often face resistance and animosity from established religions and secular organizations. In Western nations, secular and Christian movements arose during the 1970s and 1980s to oppose emerging cults. In the 1970s, the study of new religions developed in academe, and there are now numerous scholarly organizations and journals devoted to them, that view these movements in the modern contexts of secularization and globalization.

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Index

Religion in the Neolithic Era | Religion in Ancient Egypt: IkhnatonBeliefsDeitiesMain GodsLesser GodsSky GodsSun GodsRiver and Land GodsSacred PlantsAnimal Gods | Assyria | Babylonia: DeitiesFunerary CustomsMagicMagic and the Evil EyeMythCreationPersonal ReligionTemples: Wealth | Phoenicia | Phrygia | Sumer: BeliefsDeitiesTemples | Persia: Zoroaster: Zoroastrianism | Religion in Ancient Greece: DeitiesFestivalsMystery Religions | Religion in Ancient Rome: Mystery ReligionsPersonal ReligionState Religion: CultsCalendarDeitiesMajor DeitiesFestivalsRitualState Religion and the State | Etruscans | Byzantine Empire | Religion in Colonial Africa: ChristianitySpirit ChurchesIslam: Jihad | Americas: Religion of the Early Inca | Religion in Colonial Latin America | Religion in Japan: ShintoBuddhism: Heian PeriodWarring States Period Edo Period | Religion and Ancient Hawai’i


Pre-History


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Persia


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Africa



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Japan




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