Other Dimensions of World Religions

Other Dimensions of World Religions

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Other dimensions of world religions include 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


Neolithic Era

Ancient Egypt



Ancient Egypt

Ikhnaton

Beliefs

Deities

Main Gods

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Lesser Gods

Sky Gods

Sun Gods

River and Land Gods

Sacred Plants

Animal Gods

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Ancient Near East


Assyria

Babylonia

Babylonia: Deities

Babylonia: Funerary Customs

Babylonia: Magic

Babylonia: Magic and the Evil Eye

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Babylonia: Myth

Babylonia: Creation

Babylonia: Personal Religion

Babylonia: Temples

Babylonia: Temples and Wealth

Phoenicia

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Phrygia

Sumer

Beliefs

Deities

Temples


Persia


Zoroaster

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Zoroastrianism


Ancient Greece


Religion in Ancient Greece

Deities

Festivals

Mystery Religions of Greece

Ancient Rome


Religion in Ancient Rome

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Mystery Religions of Rome

Personal Religion

State Religion

Cults

Calendar

Deities

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Major Deities

Festivals

Ritual

State Religion and the State


Etruscans

Byzantine Empire

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Africa


Religion in Colonial Africa

Christianity

Spirit Churches

Islam

Jihad


Americas


Religion of the Early Inca

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Religion in Colonial Latin America


Japan


Religion in Japan

Shinto

Buddhism

Heian Period

Warring States Period


Edo Period

Hawai’i


Religion and Ancient Hawai’i

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